Own a small business? There’s some bad news: you may be a target of cyber criminals. Small business cyber attacks accounted for 42% of all data breaches in 2018, which means that if you aren’t fortifying your business, you may just end up as an ideal “sucker” for a hacker with the motivation to steal money.

But if you’re reading this before you become the target of cybercriminals, there’s good news: you still have time to change the way you handle your information security. Here’s what you’ll need to know to keep your business on solid footing:

Why Small Businesses Have to Be Especially Careful with Cyber Threats

As a small business owner, it’s tempting to hear about big data breaches like the Experian Data Breach and assume you’re relatively safe. After all, the big threat is to individuals, right? And if you’re lost in the wider data breaches, what are the chances someone targets you?

You’d be surprised.

SMBs can be enticing targets for cybercrime. Small businesses spend more money than individuals do, after all. And while a small business owner might take steps to lock up their personal information against identity theft, they sometimes forget that their small business needs even more protection.

Tips for Small Business Owners to Boost their Cyber Security

What can you do to shore up your business’s current level of security? Here are some basic tips to use if you haven’t done them already.

Additionally, the Small Business Administration recommends protecting all of the pages on your public-facing websites for enhanced security. The SBA also has additional resources to help you upgrade your cybersecurity plan. You’ll also want to watch your social media use, and make sure that you have strong social media passwords present to avoid hacking attempts getting through.

Strategies to Improve Cyber Security

The above tips will give you a head start in tackling your cyber crime risks. But you don’t just want to try one tactic once and hope for the best. You want to implement a strategic approach to dealing with issues like phishing, malware, and cybercrime.

Here are some strategies that you should include in your regular habits as a small business owner:

When your cyber security is threatened, you’ll also want mobile notifications in place so you can take swift action. Make sure you keep your team together with Grasshopper Connect, ensuring that even when your computer security isn’t working the way you should, your business’s phone systems still run like a well-oiled machine.