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online business secure? Don't make this huge mistake. Protect your hard work, your business and your reputation.If you’re an online entrepreneur your website and social media accounts are the heart of your business. Have you given much thought to who has access to the heart of your business?

  • Your Virtual Assistant (perhaps even their virtual assistant)
  • Your Business Manager
  • Your Coach (okay, I know this isn’t common but it does happen for various reasons)
  • The technical support team for that *premium* plugin you purchased that isn’t working properly
  • That stranger you hired from oDesk or Fiverr

More importantly have you taken steps to protect your business when working with those parties? What happens when…

  • the work you’ve hired them to do has been completed?
  • if their computer or files are compromised?
  • if your business relationship with that person goes sour?

Do you have a way to limit or remove that person’s access without changing everything

Now, I‘m not trying to *scare* anyone here but working relationships do go sour – It happens, perhaps not that often but it does. You shouldn’t assume that every work relationship will always be amicable. Business relationships that start out wonderfully do sometimes roll down hill. It’s ALWAYS a good idea to be mindful of who has access to your business accounts. It’s also just as important if not MORE important to update and limit that access when your business relationships change.

As a professional who works with multiple entrepreneurs on a daily basis I’ll honestly tell you right now that when someone emails me their own personal login information for WordPress or Facebook it makes me cringe a little. Both WordPress AND Facebook allow you to add top-level admin users. There is no reason you should give up your password to a designer or consultant. You want to protect your own login information and give your self a quick way to limit their access when/if that is required.

If you’re not sure how to add another admin user in WordPress or a Page Manager on Facebook here are a couple of videos to show you how to take care of just that:

How to add a new admin user to your WordPress Website:

 How to add a new admin user to your Facebook Business Page:

When you’ve added a new user to your WordPress account or assigned someone as a Page Manager on Facebook removing their access points is as simple as a few clicks. Don’t forget that you may need to look into other access information you provided them with (like your cPanel or Hosting accounts) and make appropriate changes to those areas. 

It’s so important to be proactive when it comes to protecting your business and your professional relationships, you’ve worked hard to build them up!

It’s also a good idea for those of you who provide services to other businesses to audit your access information frequently. There is no reason for you to retain access to client projects that you’re not currently working on. I just removed myself from few different pages that belong clients who I no longer work with. There is no reason to leave yourself open for blame if something should go wrong. If you dont *need* access to something, remove it. 

What steps do you take to protect the heart of your on-line business? I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments section below.

Melissa

 

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Melissa Barham

Web & Graphics Designer, Virtual Assistant at MelissaBarham.com
Work at home mom, wife and social media junkie. I Provide small businesses with WordPress and Graphics Design along with DIY WordPress Tips & Training.
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About Melissa Barham

Work at home mom, wife and social media junkie. I Provide small businesses with WordPress and Graphics Design along with DIY WordPress Tips & Training.


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  1. Mike Huiwitz says:

    I only give them limited access to my business site so it won’t be compromised if things went sour.

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