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Poor IT habits put one in 10 SMEs at risk

Software developer Reckon warns that poor IT habits are putting small firms at risk of data security breaches.

Small firms at risk of data security breaches
Small firms at risk of data security breaches

Research conducted by the company shows that one in ten (10%) small business owners and employees regularly share confidential files on personal devices. One quarter of small business owners and their teams save documents onto desktops rather than a central server.

Bad habits are most prevalent in younger businesses, with 16% of businesses founded within the last 10 years regularly emailing files to personal addresses in breach of data security guidelines. This compares to just 7% of companies aged 10-20 and 4% of those aged 20-35.

Reckon believes people tend to adopt bad habits because they want ease of access when working remotely and like to keep documents they need close to hand.

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