The protection of data helps to reduce the threat of cyber attacks that could affect your company or personal image. It is important to know the best practices to protect your personal information and adhere to these guidelines. A breach of personal information could lead to lawsuits or fines that could have long-term implications for your business or you personally.
Password protection is essential for all your devices and files This simple measure can stop hackers from gaining access to your information. Use strong passwords using complex combinations of letters, numbers and symbols. Change default passwords provided by vendors to stronger ones immediately. Update your anti-virus software regularly and conduct a security scan on your server and computer.
Don’t send confidential or personally identifiable information via email. This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information passwords, etc. Email is not secure and could be intercepted by hostile parties.
Make sure your network and data are secure – Make sure your laptops, computers and portable storage devices are secured by employing strong encryption when transmitting information to third parties and to protect the information on these devices. It’s also essential to have a plan for responding to a cyberattack that includes who to notify and how to respond (e.g. employees customers, credit institutions, and employees).
You should make sure you have backups of all your data Keep offline copies of your most important data in separate locations from the ones where your primary copies are stored. This can stop attackers from getting access to the primary copies of your data or from deleting them.