Advice

With cash and stock it is very easy to understand where it is and whether it is secure.
With data and privacy, because technology is often so complicated, it can be hard to establish just how secure your business is.

Please see our advice below for simple things you can check to ensure your business runs more securely, efficiently and productively.

Use a standard user account instead of an administrator account when using Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 computers. We recommend this as probably the single best thing to do to avoid problems with users accidentally damaging their computers or inadvertently installing a virus or becoming victim of an email or website scam. Microsoft quote “Why use a standard user account instead of an administrator account? The standard account can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes that affect everyone who uses the computer, such as deleting files that are required for the computer to work. We recommend creating a standard account for each user. When you are logged on to Windows with a standard account, you can do almost anything that you can do with an administrator account, but if you want to do something that affects other users of the computer, such as installing software or changing security settings, Windows might ask you to provide a password for an administrator account.” Unfortunately the first and often only user account created on new Windows computers is an administrator account and therefore this user does not get the above security benefits. To get these security benefits for an existing computer that was not setup from new with a standard user account instead of an administrator account. Create a new user account called admin for example with a password and set account type to administrator. Tip set the desktop background to really garish colour as a reminder you are logged in as an administrator and not to use this account normally. Change your regular account type to standard user account.

Ensure Windows 10 Pro Bitlocker device encryption is turned on, as usually it is default turned off. Windows 10 Pro is better than Windows 10 Home for your business because it has Bitlocker device encryption which helps protect your data by encrypting it. Put simply should your Windows 10 Home computer be stolen, even though it may have a password, it is very easy to read the data on it. When BitLocker is enabled on your Windows 10 Pro computer, it is virtually impossible for anyone to access any user data and system files without your password or your BitLocker encryption key.