Running a small business takes a lot of time and effort.

With that being the case, the last thing you have time for as a small business owner is identity theft.

Even one case of such theft against your company can set you back. For some small business owners, it can be tough to recover from.

That said are you doing all you can to keep your business safe from identity theft and other crimes?

Be on the Lookout for Potential Trouble

In doing all you can to avoid theft at your small business, keep in mind a few pointers:

1. Having protection – As you look to protect your business, what layers of protection do you have? If trying to avoid identity theft, a proven protection provider is always a good start. There are companies with protection plans that can lessen your odds of being the next I.D. theft victim. Whether you opt for LifeLock or another such company, do your research to see what they all have to offer. When it comes to physical protection such as a security system, check around to see what is available. Your security system should always be on when your office is empty. Too many owners think because they do not have cash around when the place is empty they are immune to break-ins. Remember, computers and other pieces of equipment in your office can be of great interest.

2. Hiring the right employees – Unless you run your small business on your own, you’re going to need the help of others. With that in mind, it is important for you to do your best in hiring the right people in the first place. Be sure to do the proper background checks on anyone you consider bringing aboard. Although there may be a worker who slips through the cracks, you should see stuff via a background check. For example, one with an arrest for forgery is not an individual you’d want handling your company’s finances.

3. Careful with online activities – Last, are you careful with your online activities? As an example, make sure you and any employees do not open email attachments from unknown sources. Many I.D. theft thieves work their way into a business by getting to the company’s computer network. If you or an employee opens an email with malware in it, that criminal can get access to your system. Also be careful not to announce anything on social media that could leave you vulnerable. An example of this would be telling the world your business is out for a week’s vacation. The chances of someone trying to break in go up when you put such a message out there. If you are closing the business for a week’s vacation, let local law enforcement know about this. In doing this, they can keep a little more attention on your office property while you are away. If friendly with other businesses in the neighborhood, alert them too.

Leaving your small business vulnerable to fraud and other crimes can be one of the worst mistakes you do.

That said do all you can to keep your small business safe from those with bad intentions.