In the wider business world, fraud has always been, and probably will always be, a common problem due to its ability to evolve in line with emerging technological advancements. There are, however, a number of steps you can take to protect your business from fraud and outsmart any cybercriminal brave enough to infiltrate your defence mechanism in the process. It may be impossible to protect your business from every type of cyberattack but by familiarising yourself with the following tips and tricks, you can be reassured that you are doing everything you can to safeguard your business, your employees, and your customer data from prying eyes.
It may sound like an obvious point but too many business owners fall into the trap of failing to separate their personal and business bank accounts and, as a result, end up finding it impossible to distinguish between personal and business transactions. This can make it difficult to detect a cyberattack as you are unlikely to notice any sudden losses with both personal and business-related transactions coming and going from the same account on a daily basis. If a hacker infiltrates your account, money that has been set aside for both personal and business transactions may also be gone in a matter of seconds, leaving you with little to no money to cover any losses and perhaps even forcing you to make serious decisions relating to the future of the business. To prevent this from happening, it may also benefit you to submit any payments as soon as possible to prevent any paper-based bills or invoices from leaving the office or ending up in the wrong hands.
It may sound invasive but when it comes to the safety and security of your business, you can never be too careful and prevention is the key to avoiding financial ruin down the line. This is especially important if you are a first-time business owner or your business deals with large volumes of sensitive data that must be sufficiently protected by employees adhering to certain protocols. An employee may be fully qualified to carry out their daily tasks and duties but if you are concerned that they may not be trustworthy, it may be worth continuing your search for your next hire until you are satisfied that they are a great fit for you and your business. There are countless companies that provide this service with the vast majority of them charging per employee so you can only turn to them if and when you feel like you may need a helping hand with making a decision.
If you are worried about the prospect of chargeback fraud as a business owner, making the most of available technology can allow you to take control of your company’s approach to chargeback protection. There are several steps you can take to ensure you are never forced to deal with the frustration of experiencing chargeback fraud as a business owner and potentially even damaging your relationship with your bank in the process. It may be impossible to completely avoid chargeback fraud but by posting your written returns policy in a easy-to-find location, clearly describing every product for sale on your website, maintaining a record of every purchase, following industry-wide rules, regulations, and protocols, and actively monitoring customer behaviour on an ongoing basis, you can be reassured that you are actively protecting your business from fraud and reducing the likelihood of it happening time and time again.
One of the most effective ways of protecting your business from fraud is to perform audits on a regular basis. It can allow you to pick up on any indications of unusual or fraudulent activity that may be taking place and take action at the earliest convenience to prevent it from escalating any further than it needs to. It may also benefit you to work closely with your accountant and bookkeeper to ensure all transactions are in order and that nothing is out of place or out of the ordinary when it comes to your business account. As a small business owner, you must also ensure you have an accountant that you can turn to if and when necessary to protect you and your brand in the event of a financial accident or emergency and to establish a sense of trust as your business continues to grow and develop over time. A relationship with an accountant that is well-versed in business fraud and has decades worth of knowledge and experience of dealing with similar situations under their belt as a result is a must.
If you are worried about the prospect of fraud as a business owner, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your brand is sufficiently protected from fraudsters. This includes separating your personal and business bank accounts, performing background checks on new employees, making the most of available technology, and performing audits on a regular basis.