How to secure your data online
Unfortunately, in today's world data breaches are quite common and if your data is the base of your business, then you should know how to protect it. A blog article written earlier in the year reveals that 78 percent of businesses have experienced one or more data breaches in the last two years. Knowing this statistic, why does 60 percent of small and medium sized businesses not back up their data? Seems mad doesn't it!
Today we're going to be talking about how to best protect yourself against various hackers, malware, phishing scams and much more.
This level of defence is the most basic but is also the most needed. Protection consists of an effective virus software accompanied by a firewall (Software or hardware based). Making sure that your protection is completely up to date as this is the most IMPORTANT barrier against cyber attacks and access to your data. Remember, all devices on your network should have the same amount of security. This applies to desktop PC's, laptops, tablets, and even your smartphones.
2. Password management
Password management is key in any business and passwords should be changed each 2-3 months to decrease the chance of a data breach. Passwords should typically include at least eight characters and one special character. Seeing as this is a guideline, your password could be as many characters you want... just make sure you remember it!
3. When surfing the net, if it seems too good to be true it's probably fake.
If you're online looking at some articles on your industry through social media, you might stumble upon an article or site that claims to "make you a millionaire in just two days!!! ". This is a scam and you're most likely aware of that. But to some this can be very enticing but this comes with a catch. Your personal data. Either you're asked to part with your personal data or to download a file that takes the data anyway. There's no winning. This can be in the shape of phishing also.
Just remember. If it seems too good to be true, that's probably the case. Be safe online!
Sources used: Guardian Infographic