Data security is critical. It’s important to create systems and have safeguards in place that ensure your data stays secure. Whether it’s your data at home or for your business, if you don’t have these protections in place, you can get yourself into trouble. Keeping data safe takes a multilayered approach. It’s part habits, part systems, and with a little bit of wisdom sprinkled in. Ensuring your data is safe can also help protect you from legal problems down the road. Here are some of the simplest ways to ensure all your data stays safe.
One of the easiest things you can do is create secure passwords for your systems. This includes the password for your home Wi-Fi, the passwords for your systems at work, the password for your websites, and even your mobile devices. Many people use biometric security when possible to help ensure that other people can’t gain access to their devices or systems. Secure passwords usually include a combination of capital letters, lowercase letters, symbols, and generally have a minimum required length. People should also change their passwords regularly to ensure that no one has breached their systems.
Don’t think that the one-time employee training at hiring about internet security is enough. Employees need frequent reminders to ensure that they understand their role in keeping your business secure. They need to be wary of emails and links from unknown sources and know how to check to see if they are legit. Employees need to be taught not to share passwords with co-workers and to keep their employee badges and equipment secure at all times. Training employees on how and why to do this is vital.
Use the Latest Software Patches
You know when that notification comes up that you need an update? Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Those updates provide not only cool new features, but they also have patches to help protect you from vulnerabilities. Hackers find flaws in many different systems to exploit. This includes finding a way in. Using the latest patches means that you have the most recent version of the software.
Keep Your Antivirus Up to Date
In addition to using software patches, you need antivirus, and you need to keep it updated. It’s surprising how many people do not use antivirus on their home computers — and if they do, how often it’s out of date. Not only is this a bad habit to protect your hardware, but it also puts your data at risk. If you want to protect your data, you’ll use the best antivirus software on all your computers and systems.
Use Two-Factor Authentication
Another way to ensure your data stays safe is to use two-factor authentication for all your logins. It might feel like a burdensome step, but the truth is, that it only takes a tiny bit of extra time for a massive amount of protection. By using two ways to get into an account or system, you help keep data safe. If a hacker has to get into more than one step, it’ll make your system harder to breach. You’ll be able to identify potential breaches before they become a big issue.
Leverage Managed Data Services
Hiring a company to handle all your business data is smart. It takes time and expertise to ensure that all of your systems are secure and that your data is managed adequately. By using MDR services, you’ll get every area of your business protected. You’ll also get data backup and so much more.
Create Backup Copies of Data
Be honest with yourself. Do you have your core data backed up somewhere securely? And if you do, when is the last time you made a copy? One of the most critical ways to ensure your data is secure is to back it up offsite from your business. This keeps a copy in the event the primary one ever gets corrupted, leaving you with better business continuity.
Avoid Public Wi-Fi
You know how you need to sign those privacy policies when you try and log in to the Wi-Fi at the local coffee shop? There is a reason for that. The truth is that hacker’s prey on people who log in to public Wi-Fi systems. Just because you have an antivirus in place, it doesn’t make it safe to get on public Wi-Fi. Proceed with extreme caution — and don’t ever do anything too confidential when you get on these networks.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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