Thanks to the Internet, and remote working, you can now run a successful startup venture from the comfort of your own home. Gone are the days of spending hours commuting to the office, or sitting in line. Now you can take your time as you browse your emails each morning.

However, growing your startup poses other, previously unconsidered threats. Smaller businesses are ideal targets for hackers and professional cyber criminals, who make their living by targeting vulnerable ventures. Recent statistics show that 60 percent of startups and small businesses fail in the six months after suffering a cyber attack. Many startups fail to invest in up to date cyber security software from day one. So if you want to keep your startup safe and secure online, while focusing your energies into your business goals, then follow these tips.

Use Encrypted Messaging

Many startups choose to work with freelancers, as they are a cheaper alternative to a full-time employee. However, this poses alternative risks to your business. If you want to keep conversations and emails private then you will need to ensure that you make sure this content is encrypted. Programs such as Microsoft Outlook have these features installed. You may also want to make sure that your freelancers are following good practice. If they work from a café or even a public library, chances are they aren’t logged in via a secure Internet connection. Make sure that they connect via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) rather than a public hotspot, as this will keep their connection secure and safe from cyber criminals.

Keep Backups

Any data that you receive or handle is important, so be sure to create multiple backup copies of important client records or information. Creating copies will help you to remain in business, even after you suffer a cyber attack. You can also consider using automated online services, such as the cloud, to store large amounts of data. This software is relatively low cost and is easy to use. If you are the victim of an online attack, computer evidence recovery can help to recover any records that may be useful if legal action is involved. So make sure that you back up any important customer data, as failure to do so could cost you dearly.

Keep your Home Office Safe

While technically not online, it’s essential that you have a plan in place in case your home office is broken into and you suffer a data breach. You may want to consider installing an alarm or even cameras to keep your home business secure. Many startups overlook this step, however, you could be leaving your company open to attack. So if you live and work from home, then it’s important that both your business and your house are fully protected.

Launching any startup is tough. However, if you thought that you could focus your attention elsewhere, then think again. Cyber security should remain at the forefront of your business priorities, as you continue to grow your startup. Be sure to keep both your home and online presence safe and secure if you want your startup to succeed.