Over the past weeks, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a shift in our working conditions, our social interactions, and our work/life balance in general. Many organizations have instituted work-from-home policies to adhere to the social distancing requirements in every state, and over one-third of employers say the recommendations to limit social contact have triggered a work from home policy for the first time. Continue reading
*Originally posted August 24, 2018. Updated February 18, 2020.*
What is business credit?
When’s the last time you checked your business credit score? If you’ve never checked it before, you’re not alone – nearly half of small business owners don’t even know they have one.
Like personal credit, business credit is used to determine a business’ borrowing and lending abilities. It’ll be checked when you apply for business loans or when other companies want to ensure you are financially reliable before doing business with you.
Small to mid-size business owners (SMBs) often make the mistake of assuming business credit is the same as personal credit. But, without understanding the key differences between the two, you could be putting your business’ overall security and reputation at risk.
Free Wi-Fi & Business Network Security
As a small business owner, you know that you must keep both your business’ and your customers’ needs in mind. But how do you maintain your business’ security when the goal is to satisfy your customers?
If your business has regular customer traffic, you may have Wi-Fi needs (i.e. free Wi-Fi network for guests) outside of your internal business operations. Other businesses may solely need Wi-Fi or wired networks for their internal business systems and employees.
How many networks does my business need?
No matter what type of business you run, your security goals remain the same: always keep your sensitive business, customer, client and employee data secure. Utilizing networks within your business properly can help you achieve both your business’ internal needs and keep your customers happy.
Finding solutions to help your company run smoother and faster is what you do as a business owner. Since the Internet of Things (IoT) (aka “smart” devices) assist with efficiency, it’s likely that these devices have a regular role in your business. As of 2016, 65 percent of U.S. businesses use IoT technology — devices that are connected on the same network and embedded with sensors, software and the ability to collect and share data.
Unfortunately, the very reasons that these technological powerhouses improve your processes can also puncture holes in your business’ security. Will this make you think twice about using them? Continue reading