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Cyber Security Tips for Your Funeral Home

December 2, 2019

When families enter their personal information on your funeral home’s website, you want to make sure that their information doesn’t get into the wrong hands. By taking some precautions, your firm can protect important business information and your families’ personal information.

Have Strong Passwords

Having strong passwords for all your funeral home’s accounts and changing them every few months is a good way to protect them and your information. It might seem like a pain to change them that often, but it’s worth it if it protects your accounts from being hacked.

A common practice when creating passwords is to use the same one for multiple accounts, but we do NOT recommend this. Each account should have its own unique password that isn’t easy to guess. For instance, make sure to add some symbols and upper and lowercase letters to make your password more secure. And once you have strong passwords, make sure you don’t give these passwords away to too many people.

Protect Your Computers

To protect your computer from viruses and hackers, install a security software program on your funeral home’s computers, like McAfee or Norton. Also, always make sure to keep your computer and internet browsers updated to ensure that you have the latest virus protection updates.

Protect Your Network

Whether you use network cables or Wi-Fi, it’s important to have a secure internet connection. Utilize encryption and passwords or a virtual private network to keep your data hidden from prying eyes.

It’s also smart to create a separate guest network so that guests don’t have access to the same connection you use for business operations.

Watch for Threats

Hackers are out there every day trying to steal information, but there are ways to spot those threats and avoid them altogether. If you receive social media messages or emails from people or email addresses you don’t recognize, keep an eye out for these telltale signs that they have bad intentions:

Lots of typos, grammatical errors, or strange language.

Bizarre formatting like strange characters, overuse of colors, or lots of underlining, bolding, and italicizing.

A sense of urgency. Many say that you need to act immediately before something bad happens or an offer expires.

An email address that doesn’t match the name. Many hackers will copy the name of someone you know or even a trusted company, but checking the email address will show you who they really are. When in doubt, ask the person or company they are pretending to be if the message is legitimate.

Threats such as your account being suspended, files being shared with loved ones, legal action, etc.

Offers that are too good to be true, such as a large sum of money or an item of value.

Suspicious attachments or links. NEVER click on these if you have any concerns about their legitimacy.

The Solution for Data Security

With SRS Cloud, your data is safely stored so you can access it anytime, anywhere. With this prime website security solution, you are at ease knowing that your data is both safe and secure. Some of the robust features include developed layers of encryption, data backup on a secondary site, accessibility on any device with SRS Cloud, and many more.

Want to learn more about how to protect your data? Call 800.797.4861 for a demonstration of SRS Cloud!