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4 ways to protect your small business from cyber theft

If you run a small business, the odds are good that many of your customers pay with debit or credit cards. Many don't even carry cash. Checks are almost obsolete among younger people.

Because of these factors (and more) cybersecurity is an increasing concern for both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and small businesses alike. Here are some tips to protect your company from cyber theft -- and any potential lawsuits that might follow:

1. Create a culture of security.

The tone or culture of a company come from the top down. Make sure that you demonstrate serious concern for cybersecurity at all times. Stress the importance of small things -- like changing passwords regularly, not allowing co-workers to access each other's computers and enforcing appropriate penalties for infractions.

2. Keep your equipment and software up-to-date.

Upgrade your hardware and your software regularly and make sure that you have an effective anti-virus protector downloaded. Install a firewall and make sure that you run regular security checks.

3. Track employee log-ins and usage.

Many cyber thefts come from within a company. Make it clear that you will randomly monitor all employee's actions on the computer. If any employees are required to share a device, make sure that each has a unique required log-in code.

4. Make sure that employees' mobile devices are protected.

Mobile electronics are increasingly used in the business world. Require all your employees who have work-related phones or other mobile devices to keep them password protected, enable remote locations and add security software to prevent theft through public networks.

If your business is hit by a cybersecurity breach, don't hesitate to seek advice from an experienced attorney.

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