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10 Simple Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

For a small business, managing effective cybersecurity might seem like a challenge. Antivirus software is expensive. Training costs time as well as money. Just knowing what you need to protect yourself against can be difficult.

But there’s no doubt about it, you need to protect your business from cyber threats.

In today’s digital world, it isn’t a question of “if”, it’s a question of “when” you are going to be attacked. Almost two-thirds of UK companies employing between 10 and 49 people – the equivalent of 130,000 businesses nationwide – fell victim to some form of cyber crime last year.

The average cost of a cyber attack to small businesses is £65,000. This cost comes in the form of damaged assets, financial penalties and business downtime.

What can you do to protect your business?

Here are 10 tips any small business can use to improve their cybersecurity.

Online security

1. Trust your instincts online

Even if you don’t consider yourself a “digital native”, trust your gut. If it looks dodgy, it probably is. If it looks too good to be true, it definitely is. Be wary of pop-ups and don’t click on links or enter personal details into them.

2. Be email-wary

Learn how to spot spoofed emails and be on the lookout for them. Be especially cautious of messages that:

  • are from unfamiliar senders,
  • request personal or financial information over the internet,
  • aren’t personalised,
  • try to force you into hasty action with frightening or upsetting information.

3. Don’t ignore updates

Keep web browsers and operating systems up to date. Most updates are rolled out to combat a new cyber attack or patch a recently discovered vulnerability.

4. Practice good password management

Consider using a password management tool to create and secure your logins. If you don’t want to invest in a tool, use strong passwords.

2019’s most common passwords you should NOT use


  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • qwerty
  • password
  • 1111111
  • 12345678
  • abc123
  • 1234567
  • password1
  • 12345

In the office

5. Be aware of who is entering and exiting your workplace

Many thieves and scammers succeed by exploiting social behaviour such as compassion and politeness. Brazen thieves have been known to simply walk into an office as if they belong there and remove items unchallenged.

If you have the infrastructure to support it, protect your office by implementing a mandatory sign-in and name badge policy for visitors

Be vigilant to strangers – a simple “excuse me, can I help you?” can help verify identities, without any risk of causing offence.

6. Secure your workspace

Don’t leave valuables in clear view or in unlocked drawers. Close and lock doors and windows before leaving a room empty for any length of time. Clear meeting rooms and wipe whiteboards/flipcharts after use. And remember the big 3:

  • Don’t share your office ID or leave it lying around
  • Lock your PC screen whenever you leave your desk
  • Don’t write down passwords and leave them lying around

On the go

7. Keep your devices secure

Don’t take a for-business device with you when travelling unless you are sure you need it. When travelling, keep your device with you at all times. Don’t leave it in a car or hotel room.

Avoid rooting or “jailbreaking” your devices. This can cause them to become vulnerable to attack. You should also be mindful of what you put in your devices.

Do not trust or use any USB devices without first having it checked and given the all-clear by your IT department.

8. Remember, there’s data on your phone too!

Back up your data, lock your phone, make use of apps such as “Find My iPhone” or “Android Lost” and enable remote access to protect and preserve your information if your phone or tablet is lost or stolen.

Clear all data before exchanging, selling or disposing of your device.

9. Be smart about apps

Only download apps from a legitimate app store and only download apps you need. App malware is a rarely considered but serious issue affecting mobile devices. Check reviews and seek advice from people you trust before downloading a new app.

10. Only connect to trusted networks

Never use public Wi-Fi or computers when you are handling or working with sensitive information. Use a virtual private network (VPN) if possible and adjust your device’s security settings to limit access.


VPN stands for virtual private network. It extends a private network across a public one enabling users to send and receive data safely.

VPNs provide:

  • confidentiality
  • authentication
  • message integrity



Protect your business with ramsac

As one of the most trusted providers of cybersecurity solutions and support across London and the South East, we offer you protection and peace of mind.

We will help you carry out a thorough cybersecurity risk assessment and then plan and implement a proportionate response to the results. We also educate end-users and implement internal policies for the safest use of technology and the protection of your data.

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11:29 22 May 20
Changing IT support providers, like changing lawyers, is not a decision any business takes lightly or frequently. The decision is fraught with numerous questions such as whether the new team will understand my business needs, will it cause teething problems, and more importantly, will the reality match the sales pitch! We took that decision to move to Ramsac in January after ten years with another provider and we have not regretted that choice for a moment. Ramsac are simply great! From the get go we have been very well supported from the front line very helpful telephone support team right up to our relationship manager. We feel that the Ramsac team are very much an integral part of us . What however has driven us to write this review is the fabulous support we have received following a cyber attack this week. Something no business wants to happen but is increasingly a sad factor of modern cyber life. The Ramsac cyber support team were superb and really gave us first class support and guidance through what was frankly a horrible experience. Thank you Dan! Denise Herrington
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The HR Services Partnership
17:59 16 Jan 20
We have worked with Ramsac since 2015. They offer a truly winning formula. We have been delighted by their support at all three levels: our network consultant (Colin) understands our set up and is great when we need to upgrade our infrastructure; we have ready access to our account manager who has been great with supporting our growth; and the helpdesk is always so patient for the day-to-day glitches. Very professional and supportive – thank you team ramsac!
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13:02 16 Jan 20
Sam on the support desk is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Every time I have rung with an issue and she has helped the problem has always been rectified smoothly and quickly!
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16:02 06 Jan 20
Ed spent two days with us following an office reshuffle. He worked to a very high standard and was very helpful, courteous and happy to sort out anything we asked of him!
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11:58 10 Dec 16
First Class!! Responsive, knowledgeable, professional and very easy to work with - Ramsac have been a fantastic strategic IT partner for the last few years and I'm sure will continue to be for many years going forward. I would highly recommend them!
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A truly fantastic IT support company - I can't speak highly enough about them.
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Sarah Whitemore
11:59 20 Jun 16
I have known Dan May and Ramsac for 5 or 6 years now. Dan is such a great guy and really helpful with strategic advice and input on all things IT. He's so approachable and doesn't baffle you with IT jargon. If you are looking to outsource your IT or you have a problem you need help with Dan is definitely the one to ask.
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Jonathan Richards
12:14 31 May 16
I've worked with Ramsac for many years and whole heartedly recommend their services. They are always professional, approachable and have the rare skill of making IT understandable. Their can do attitude leaves you feeling that you are in safe hands.
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