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Privacy Protection and Cyber Security

January 28th, 2016 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

 

Running a small business like a plumbing company is no small feat. A lot goes into daily operations, aside from your trade. One thing that is of particular importance, especially in today’s technological age is privacy protection and cyber security. You may not think about privacy protection and cyber security that much, its not right there in your face so you may even forget about it. However privacy protection and cyber security for your plumbing business is becoming more and more important. Here are 3 things to think about.

 

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#1 It’s Everyone’s Problem

If you have multiple employees make privacy protection and cyber security everyone’s problem. Its important to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to cyber security for your plumbing business. Its important to create a culture within your operations that is aware of the risk of cyber security and have practices and procedures in place to protect your customers information, their information, and your information. One great way to do this in the office is to have a shredding service. Shredding services will provide your office a bin where you can securely dispose of sensitive documents, for example customers credit card information and address. The shredding service comes to your location and shreds your bin on site. This is an effective way to dispose of any paper work that contains sensitive customer information, plus they recycle. We like this motto “better shred than read”, and when it comes to privacy protection this is just a really simple step that could really help in a big way.

 

#2 Anyone Can be a Target

In recent months we have had several news headlines about major corporations having a data breach where hackers accessed sensitive customer information on a large scale. You may think that they were targets because of their scale, however everyone is vulnerable to a data breach, even a small business like your plumbing company. If you are collecting customer information and storing it, then your business can also be a target. Its important to make sure you are updating your software on a regular basis and make sure to train your team in safe practices.

 

#3 Mobile Devices are Also a Target

Mobile devices are becoming a huge concern for privacy protection and cyber security. As more and more people use them and technology changes its easy for hackers to gain access to information. Public wifi is also a cause for concern when it comes to privacy protection and cyber security. Hackers can lay in wait for someone to join a public wifi and access your information. Its important to form good habits when accessing public wifi. Always verify the wifi name, make sure the site you are using is encrypted (look for the https in the URL), and make sure you keep your software up to date.

 

As time goes on privacy protection and cyber security are going to be more and more important for small businesses like plumbing companies. Make sure you take the proper steps to protect your plumbing company from a data breach.

 

 

 

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