Protecting your data can help reduce the risk of cyber-attacks that could affect your company or personal reputation. It is crucial to be aware and practice the best practices when it comes to protecting sensitive information. A breach of your personal information could lead to fines and lawsuits that may be long-term consequences for you or your business.
Password protection for all files and devices – This simple step can help deter hackers from accessing your information. Use strong passwords with complex combinations of letters, numbers and symbols. Change default passwords provided by vendors to strong ones as soon as possible. Make sure you are using the most up-to-date antivirus software and frequently run a full security scan of your computer and servers.
Don’t send personal information or confidential information via email. This includes Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers passwords, etc. Email is not secure and can be accessed by unfriendly parties.
Secure your network and data Use strong encryption to secure your computers, laptops and portable storage devices. This will enable you send information to third parties in a secure manner and to protect information on the devices. It’s also important to have a plan for responding to a cyber attack and who to notify and how to respond (e.g. employees or customers, credit agencies, etc.).).
You should make sure you have backups of all your data – Keep offline copies of the most important data in different places from where the primary copies are kept. This will stop attackers from gaining unauthorized access to your primary copy or delete it.