How accounting firms can protect themselves and their client's information.

Computer and network security: Everyone knows they should be doing it better, but no one really knows all the best ways to do it.

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How accounting firms can protect themselves and their client’s information.

The kind of work we all do means we spend an ample amount of time on our computers, dealing with people’s personal and confidential information, while almost 100% of that time, the computer has to be online which opens up a whole lot of cybersecurity risks.

The worst that can ever happen to an accounting firm is a breach and the publishing of your client’s confidential information on the public domain. So I have compiled a few tools we can use to protect ourselves (Our businesses) and our clients from the breach.

Cyber-security tools you can use

Most of these tools are free, but nothing stops you from buying a paid version of the tool:

1.Spybot’s Anti-Spyware – This tool helps guard against computer spies, user tracking adware, keystroke loggers, ensuring that software and applications never take the information you did not consent to. Download for free here.

2. Spybot Identity Monitor – I love this one, you insert your email address(es), it will search the internet to find out which of the sites you belong to was hacked, providing recommendations on what you need to do next. Download for free here

3. Comodo Antivirus (Free) or Malwarebytes (Paid) – I currently use, Malwarebytes but I have used comodo for a long time. This will ensure your files do not get infected or encrypted for ransom.

The best security to your client’s information is you.

Here is what you should do:

  1. Keep your computer updates up to date – You can set a reminder for this – The second Tuesday of each month is the one most commonly referred to as Patch Tuesday. That’s when Microsoft releases security-related updates for Windows (desktop and server editions), Office, and related products. The fourth Tuesday of each month is reserved for updates that aren’t related to security.
  2. Be vigilant when opening files on your computer – If you do not trust it Do not open it (File, email, website, etc)
  3. Prepare for the worst by backing up – Buy an External drive – back up all your information in an external drive that you do not use for other things.

I hope this has assisted you and most importantly you feel much safer. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]