Data is under invasion all over the world and according to McAfee’s 2018 account on the Economic Impact of Cybercrime, over $600 billion has been lost to cyber criminals. Your data is the most important thing on your system and in order to protect your business data from loss as well as unauthorized access, you need to be very proactive. When your data like credit card and bank information, social security number, etc. are exposed, it will expose you to identity theft. Here are ten proven ways that you can use to secure your data so that your business is not unnecessarily exposed.
Back Up Early and Frequently
It is very essential for you to back up your data at all times. There are many backup utilities around like the one built into Windows and you can make use of the Wizard Mode to make the method of generating and restoring backups simpler. In addition, you can manually set up the backup settings and schedule the backup tasks to be carried out automatically. You can also make use of third-party backup options and many of them offer various cloud backup opportunities and you know that the tech world is now cloud-based.
Use Strong Diverse Passwords
A lot of hackers break into networks to steal information, hence, it is very important for you as well as your employees to use strong passwords and change them from time to time. This may be a difficult task especially if you want to combine symbols, letters and figures. However, there are many tools that can be used to manage your password and many of these tools will generate strong passwords for you without worrying about remembering them. You only need to remember one password for the tool or app which will then provide you with the multiple passwords on request.
Use File-level and Share-level Security
You can secure your data by setting permission on your files and folders. You can arrange permissions for network users to control the level of sharing among user accounts so that what they can access across the network is controlled. Setting file-level permission will ensure data protection if you use your computer with others while share-level permission offers protection when your system is networked to others.
Secure Your Network and Use Anti-Malware
It is very important for you to protect your internet connection with a firewall and your Wi-Fi should also be properly secured. You can hide your Wi-Fi network from hackers by setting up your router or wireless access point so that it will not transmit the name of the network and you should protect access to the router with a strong password. The systems you use for your business must be provided with the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Your anti-malware software should be properly configured to update automatically so that you will be better protected with the latest version.
Educate Your Employees
Your employees should be informed about cyber threats and ways to protect your business data. They should be trained on how to properly handle sensitive information about your company so that they are not revealed to the public or your competitors, especially on the social media. They should be held responsible for any internet security breach in accordance with the policies of your company.
Use A Secure Payment Card Processor
It is very essential for you to collaborate with your bank or card processor to guarantee anti-fraud services. Arranging an extra security obligation with your bank or processor is not out of place if the major aim is to achieve an optimum security. You should set apart the system you use for processing payment and it should not be used for surfing the net.
Protect Data In Transit With IP Security
When your data is in transit, it can be hacked with the network monitoring software. As a result of this, you should secure your data in transit with the right tool that will encrypt the data to make it confidential. Many of these tools function in tunnel mode as well as transport mode. The tunnel mode ensures that data is given gateway-to-gateway encryption while the transport mode ensures end-to-end encryption.
Make Use Of A Public Key Infrastructure
You can use a public key infrastructure (PKI) to secure your data. PKI is a system used to manage private/public key pairs as well as digital certificates and securing with PKI is more powerful because it is based on certificates issued by third parties. You can use PKI to secure your local network as well as wide network. Your data will be encrypted with a public key and it is only the person who holds the private key that is identical to the public key that will be able to open it.
Restrain Physical Access To Computers And Network Components
Your business computers should not be accessed by just anybody. It is very important for you to ensure that unauthorized people don’t get access to your business computers. If you are making use of laptops, you should ensure that they auto lock when they are not in use. Laptops are easy targets for thieves and you should do everything possible to make sure that your laptop is adequately protected. Each of your employees should have a unique user account with strong passwords. If you will assign administrative privileges to your employees, you should make sure that they are given to trusted IT personnel.
Be Careful With Free Public Wi-Fi
If you make use of free Wi-Fi especially with your mobile device, you should be very careful. Hackers can easily take advantage of free, insecure Wi-Fi networks to steal your data or even infect your device with malware. One way to protect your device if it is compulsory for you to use a free Wi-Fi is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so that data you are sending will be encrypted. You can also avoid sending sensitive information while you are making use of free Wi-Fi.
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