The protection of data helps to reduce the risk of cyber attacks which could harm your business or personal reputation. It’s important to understand the best practices to protect your sensitive data and to follow these guidelines. A breach of your personal information could result in lawsuits and fines that could be long-term consequences for you or your company.
Secure all devices and files with a password. This simple step will protect you from hackers gaining access to your data. Use complex passwords that combine numbers, letters, and symbols. Change default passwords provided by vendors to stronger ones as soon as you can. Regularly update your anti-virus program and run a security scan on your server and computer.
Do not send sensitive or personally identifiable information via email. This includes Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers passwords, etc. Email isn’t secure and could be intercepted by hostile parties.
Be sure that your network and data are secure – Make sure your laptops, computers and portable storage devices are secured by employing strong encryption when transmitting data to third parties as well as to safeguard the information stored on these devices. It is also crucial to develop a plan to respond to cyber-attacks, including who you will notify and what you’ll do (e.g. employees customers, credit bureaus, and employees).
Make sure you have a copy of all of your data. Keep the offline copies in a separate location from where your primary copies are kept. This will prevent attackers from gaining unauthorized access to your primary copy or deleting it.