Monday, July 4, 2022

Data Protection Tips For Data Privacy Day 2017

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This article provides you a few tips and advice to help you improve the security of your systems and keep the information of your clients private.

  1. Once you collect it, be ready to protect it. You should implement reasonable security measures to make sure the personal details of your clients and employees are protected against unauthorized access.
  1. Have a solid privacy policy. Your customers need to have the certitude that their personal information is safe with you. Your policy should explain them clearly how you protect their private information. You should also reveal the type of data you collect and what you use it for. Be honest, and your clients will appreciate you even more. This is the best way to build consumer trust and to show that you do care about their privacy.
  1. Know what you store and where. You should be aware of what kind of data you store, where you store it and who has access to it. You need to understand why your data could entice a hacker to break in and steal it. You can’t protect something you know nothing about. Check out this post from Capita IT Professional services to get an idea of the problems of data storage.
  1. Don’t underestimate hackers. According to an Alliance survey, 85% of small business owners believe they are too small to be actual targets. In reality, larger enterprises have better protection systems, while small businesses have lost huge amounts of money to hackers.
  1. If you don’t need it, don’t collect it. The more information you have, the greater the chances that you become a target. Avoid asking your clients to use their social security numbers to identify themselves on your website. Login usernames and passwords should be enough. By using more identification layers, you can prevent and counteract user simulations performed by attackers. If you don’t need a piece of personal information, just delete it.
  1. Keep your machine clean at all times. Always make sure you have the latest version of your antivirus software, and apply all operating system updates as soon as they become available. You may want to turn on automatic updates for all software programs that offer this option.
  1. Use several layers of security. Spam filters are useful for weeding out phishing and malware, thus making your email much safer. Install an active firewall to keep cybercriminals away from your servers.
  1. Scan all new devices such as USB sticks and external hard drives before attaching them to your network.
  1. Train your employees. As employees may handle customer data, you need to make sure they know how to keep this information secure. Educate them about all newest fraud schemes and tactics, so that they can avoid becoming victims of such scams. Train them not to click on any links in email messages from persons they don’t know.
  1. Enforce mobile risk protection. Smartphones, tablet, and laptops are excellent tools, as they enable employees to be more efficient in their work. However, as they may store sensitive information, they may harm your customers if lost. You should train your employees to keep their mobile devices secure, in order to avoid theft of data or the loss of the device. In addition, ask them to report such incidents as soon as they occur, in order to minimize the risks.
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Sara Revonia
Sara Revonia
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, and Mom. Sara Revonia’s articles are about business, life, and Entrepreneurship.
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