6 basic things small businesses can do for online security.
1. Don’t send sensitive personal or financial information via email.
This includes account numbers, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords and logins, and more. If you need to provide the information, do it over the phone.
- Web browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari
- Microsoft Office
- Adobe Reader
- Adobe Flash Player
Even so, the catch is: when security updates are published, the software company and developers usually indicate the issues they’ve addressed. Hackers, who were previously unaware of the software issue, may now choose to focus on the software or application to exploit other vulnerabilities.
It’s always a good idea to keep your system up-to-date with the latest releases. The easiest way to do that is to enable automatic updates for your system and applications when possible. Normally this is managed through the Control Panel on Windows and under Preferences on MacOS.
If enabled, most anti-virus software are capable of running scheduled scans and checking incoming emails for malware to help prevent them from being downloaded into your system. Historically, malware has been associated with personal computer systems, but are now common on portable electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones. Also consider anti-virus protection for your tablet and smartphone.
Tip: Automatic OS updates are managed through the Control Panel on Windows and under Preferences on MacOS.
- Free downloads. Malware are often embedded within other software programs and some malware masquerades as a game or screen saver, just waiting for you to install it. Watch out for these “freebies.”
- Unexplained “virus detected” messages. Another common strategy is the fake virus test. You get a message saying there’s a problem and it prompts you to download software to ‘fix it’, but the software could contain malware.
- Email attachments. If you receive an unexpected email from someone with an attachment, be suspicious. If the email has only a short, non-personal message like “This is funny!” with an attachment, be even more suspicious. Check the sender’s email address if you’re in doubt. If you’re still skeptical, but think you need to see the attachment, call the sender and ask. You may find that the sender’s email account was hacked and is now being used to send out malicious SPAM.
- Using a combination of special characters, letters, and numbers and;
- Using unique passwords for multiple accounts
6. Check all partner company’s security measures.
You can also access additional information about protecting your online security by reviewing our FAQs at the bottom of this page.
The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, and legal advice before making any business decision.
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As the primary user of your PayPal account, only you can access the password section in the account settings and change the password for your secondary users.
For your account security, If a secondary user contacts PayPal, we are not able to assist them with changing the password on the account.
Here's how to change your alias or secondary user password in a Business account:
- Click the Settings icon next to "Log out."  >
- Click Account access under "Account & Security" on the left of the page.  >
- Click Update next to "Manage Users."  >
- Click View on the alias name  >
- Select Edit next to Personal Information.  >
- Click Change Password.  >
- Enter a new password and click Continue.
Here's how to set or change your PayPal Business Debit Mastercard® PIN number:
- Click your PayPal Business Debit Mastercard® icon on the left side of your Summary page.  >
- Click on the "Set PIN" link icon under Card Settings.  >
- Enter and confirm your 4 digit PIN and then click Change PIN.