The protection of data helps to reduce the threat of cyber attacks that could affect your company or personal reputation. It’s important to understand the best practices for safeguarding your sensitive information and follow the guidelines. A breach of your private information can result in lawsuits and fines that could have long-term implications for you or your organization.
Protect all files and devices with a password. This simple action will protect you from hackers gaining access to your personal information. Use strong passwords with complex combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. Change default passwords offered by the vendor to stronger passwords as soon as you are able to. Use up-to-date anti-virus software and frequently perform a full security check of your PC and servers.
Do not send any sensitive or personally identifiable information via email. This includes Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, passwords, etc. Email is not secure and can be accessed by unsympathetic parties.
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 party parties and to safeguard the information stored on these devices. It is also important to create a plan for how you will respond to cyber-attacks, including who you will be notified and what you’ll do (e.g. employees customers, credit bureaus, etc.).
You should make sure you have backups of all your data – Keep offline copies of your critical data in different places from where the primary copies are kept. This can prevent attackers from gaining access to your primary copies or deleting them.