Protecting your data can help reduce the chance of cyberattacks which can affect your business or personal image. It is crucial to understand the best practices to protect your personal information and adhere to these guidelines. A breach of private information could result in lawsuits or fines that could have long-term implications for you or your business.
Passwords protect all files and devices – This simple step can prevent hackers from gaining access information. Use strong passwords using complex combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. Change default passwords from vendors to stronger ones as soon as you can. Update your anti-virus software regularly and conduct a security check on your computer and servers.
Don’t share confidential or personally identifying information via email – This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information, passwords, etc. Email isn’t safe, and it could be accessed.
Secure your data and network – Make sure you use strong encryption to protect your laptops, computers, and portable storage devices. This will help you to transmit information to third-party organizations securely and also protect the information stored on the devices. It is also essential to prepare a plan to react to a cyber-attack, including who you will notify and what you will do (e.g. employees customers, credit bureaus, and employees).
Make sure you have a backup of all your data – Keep offline copies of your important data in different locations from where the primary copies are stored. This will stop attackers from gaining unauthorized access to your primary copy, or from the deletion of it.