Data protection can help reduce the risk of cyber-attacks that could negatively impact your business and your reputation. It’s important to understand the best practices for protecting your sensitive data and to follow them. A breach of your personal information can result in lawsuits and fines that could have long-term implications for you or your business.
Passwords protect all devices and files – This simple action can stop hackers from gaining access to your information. Create passwords that are complex, combining letters, numbers, and symbols. Change default passwords offered by vendors to stronger ones immediately. Use the most current antivirus software and run a full security scan of your PC and servers.
Don’t share confidential or personally identifying information via email – This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information passwords, passwords etc. Email isn’t secure, and it can be intercepted.
Make sure your data and network are secure – Make sure your computers, laptops, and portable storage devices are secured by using strong encryption when sending information to third parties, and to safeguard the information stored on these devices. It is also crucial to create a plan for how you will respond to cyber-attacks which includes who you’ll be notified and what you’ll do (e.g. employees, customers, credit bureaus).
You should make sure you have backups of all your data – Keep offline copies of your important data in different locations from where your primary copies are stored. This can help prevent attackers from getting access to your primary copies or from deleting them.