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By Brooke Chaplan

Many businesses run on tight budgets, but security is not an area you can afford to ignore. While you should never go light on security, that does not mean you cannot find cheaper alternatives to traditional methods. Use these three tips to keep your business, and your budget, safe.

Invest in Managed Antivirus
You are almost certainly paying for an antivirus right now, but it may not be doing enough for you. When you install an antivirus onto each computer in an office, there is no guarantee that your employees are actually keeping it updated. A managed antivirus, however, will allow you to personally ensure all of your computers are protected. The best part? This option is cheaper than traditional antivirus options because it is only useful to businesses. This means lower demand, which in turn lowers the price for you. Think about investing in cybersecurity programs for added protection as well. Systems like Silent Security 1 can manage and prioritize any risks your company faces on the web so you don’t have to micro manage every threat.

Security System
One of the best things you can do to protect your business is to invest in a security system. These discourage thieves from targeting your business, and are effective at scaring off the ones that trigger the alarms. Of course, these are also known to be one of the most costly security expenses out there. Luckily, there are ways around this. Many security companies will charge you far less than average if you lock into a long-term contract with them. While this may seem risky, there is no danger if you do your research on a company before signing. You should be doing this research anyway, and it can be a great way to save your business a bundle of money every month.

Save to the Cloud
Assuming you, like most businesses, are using the cloud, then this security tip will not cost you a dime. When information is stolen off of computers, it is usually because important documents have been saved to the local computer, where they are much more vulnerable. The solution is to save sensitive information to the cloud. This makes it infinitely more secure, and is overall easier for you to retrieve when you want it. Everyone is already raving about the cloud, so why not take advantage of the security benefits?
Nobody likes spending extra money on security, and these are easy ways to minimize the cost. Use these three security tips to protect your business without draining your bank account.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.