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Your business may not need world-class security to keep hackers away -- but make sure you cover these basics to stay safe

If your small-to-midsized business is like most, you're playing a game of chicken with cyber-criminals. You probably know that your defenses probably aren’t able to repel today's sophisticated, persistent attacks, yet you hope that you'll be overlooked.

IT security is complex, and security professionals are mired in a nonstop arms race against cyber-criminals. It's easy to read headlines and think, "If the DoD can be penetrated, how am I going to ward off would be attackers?"

True enough, but there's an old security maxim to keep in mind: You don't have to have the most secure house on the block; you just have to have better security than your neighbors.

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If you follow these five security best practices, if nothing else, you should be more secure than the majority of your SMB neighbors:

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