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Online Business Security Tips: Part 3

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Online Business Security Tips: Part 3


Now that we’ve previously seen some very good ways that you can employ to protect both your privacy, as well as the security of your business online in general, here are some ways that you can make sure that financial transactions that you conduct online are better protected.

  • Keep your business and personal finances separate

One of the big advantages of this is that it will make it easier to keep track of how much money you made from your online business activities and how much you have spent. This will of course simplify your accounting and make reporting taxes a lot easier. But it can also help when it comes to security. Open a separate bank account that will be used only for receiving and sending funds related to your online business. If you use an e-wallet such as PayPal, open a separate one under your business name rather than using the same account that you use for personal transactions. Use your business e-wallet to get payments from affiliate networks, clients, etc. You can always transfer funds to your personal bank account as needed.

  • Use a different credit card for your business purchases

Again, this will make tracking a lot easier as you can keep your personal purchases separate from your business related expenses. For added security, you can get a reloadable prepaid credit card that you can use to sign up for services or purchase things online. Load it with enough money needed to make the purchases you expect. This will give you some protection should there be a security breach, or if you unknowingly deal with a merchant that has deceptive billing practices, such as luring you into a free trial of their service and then charging you a high monthly rate if you don’t cancel. Furthermore, if fraud does occur, it will make it easier to determine where it potentially could have come from.

  • Check your records and statements often

You should check your e-wallet, credit card and bank accounts on a regular basis to make sure that everything is going right. Check to ensure that you received all the payments that you were expecting to get and see if there are any transactions that you don’t recognize. Promptly investigate any transactions that you don’t remember making or that seem suspicious for you. It could have been a merchant using a different name than on their website or a small purchase that you forgot that you made, such as a $3.99 e-book, but it’s worth checking out just in case.

By keeping all of these tips in mind, you will have some good advice on how you can do business on the internet safely while protecting your private and sensitive information. Remember that in addition to these and any other pieces of advice that you can find online, it’s also important to exercise overall common sense when you’re running an online business.

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Online Business Security Tips: Part 2

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Online Business Security Tips: Part 2


Yesterday, we have seen some tips that you can apply when doing business online, which will help you protect the security of your online enterprises. Here is some more advice that you can use to help your websites, as well as your overall business be safer in the online world.

  • Make backup copies of everything

Creating backup copies of your website, as well as your other files is very important when it comes to securing your online business. All good quality web hosting service providers have a service in which they can make an automatic backup copy of your website every day, or you can make a manual backup at any time that you want. It would also be a good idea to download and store an additional backup copy of your websites either on your local computer, or on another server that is not connected to your main web hosting provider. This is because there have been cases where even some of the top hosting companies have had equipment failures or security breaches and were unable to restore all of the data from their own local backup copies.

When it comes to files that you keep in your computer, such as sites that you’re currently building, or databases of business contacts, etc. it’s always a good idea to create a backup copy of those as well. You can store them on an external device such as a USB drive that you store in a safe place, or upload them to an online backup facility. For increased security, encrypt the backup data if it contains any sensitive information. There are plenty of free encryption programs that you can download online to do that.

  • Be careful who you give access to your websites and accounts to

It can be quite convenient to hire freelancers or assistants to help you run your business. However, be sure to research the people you work with before. You wouldn’t want someone copying your website or going into business for themselves and stealing your niche marketing ideas.

  • Watch out for scripts and software that you use on your website

If you use scripts, plugins or site management software, be sure that the product that you’re using is legitimate. It’s better to get software directly from the website of the developers even if it’s free software, rather than use programs that were uploaded to online forums or file sharing services. Some scripts could contain hidden malware that could facilitate intrusion into your website or steal sensitive information.

  • Use the most up to date software

Any software that you use with your websites should be up to date to the latest version. This is because there are sometimes security vulnerabilities that are patched when new releases of web scripts, content management systems or plugins are made available to the users. Taking the time to check for updates every few days could avoid you a lot of trouble, so this is definitely something you should get into the habit of doing.

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Online Business Security Tips: Part 1

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Online Business Security Tips: Part 1


Previously, we’ve seen some advice on how you can maintain a good amount of privacy when doing business online. There are many ways that you can avoid sharing unnecessary personal information with the companies that you do business with by using ways such as registering a business name, using a private mail box and using a separate phone number for your online business activities. But there are also some other things that you need to be aware of when you do business online: how to keep your online business safe from threats such as hacking and fraud. Here are some methods that you can include in your regular activities that will make doing business online safer for you:

  • Research your business partners (companies and individuals) carefully

Whether it’s joining a new affiliate network, signing up for a payment processor so you can make sales online, or hiring someone to develop a website or Facebook app for you, doing your due diligence can go a long way. Do some research on the person or company that you’re going to be dealing with. This can be as simple as doing a Google search to see if you can uncover anything about them online that would be negative, such as past disputes. When dealing with businesses, be careful of start ups and new companies. While they may grow and become a valuable business partner for you in the future, they could also go out of business unexpectedly. There are numerous complaints in webmaster and online marketing forums about affiliate programs that have shut down and left hundreds of people without any payment. This is why you should give priority to partners that have already built up a solid reputation online and who have shown they’re doing well for at least a few months.

  • Don’t re-use the same log in information for every online account that you use

When you do business online, chances are you will have a few dozen logins to keep track of, such as email services, hosting services, affiliate network accounts, payment processor accounts, etc. The smart thing to do is to avoid using the same user name and password for every single account that you use at different websites. The reason behind this is quite simple. Let’s say the database of an affiliate network is hacked and all the log in information is posted on public websites by the hackers. If you used the same log in information everywhere, there is a much bigger chance that hackers could access your other accounts and cause more damage. Therefore, your login credentials should be unique for every site that you use, even if this means that your password on each site is only slightly different by a few characters from those that you use on other websites. You should also avoid writing down passwords or even worse, creating a text file on your computer with all the user names, passwords and site names written in plain text.

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