13 Ways To Help Secure Your Digital Data
In today’s world people & businesses are constantly concerned about online security.
Most people take great measures to use trustworthy websites with multiple levels of encryption. Most people have passwords on their phones.
Most people have computer screens that lock, with password protection.
Digital Security VS Offline Security
But what about OFFLINE security? Yes you might have a password on your phone, but do you leave it on the table when you walk away to go to the bathroom in a restaurant? Do you fold up your computer and tuck it under your arm while you pick up your coffee from the counter at Starbucks? Is the Title to your car in your glove compartment (big no-no!)? Is your SS Card in your wallet (really big no-no)?
If someone walked away with your physical property, then how secure is your information? What if a hacker got past your locked screen? What if a rotten scoundrel steals your credit card from your easy-access wallet and flies to Fiji?
How To Protect Your Data
When it comes to data stolen from businesses, you may only hear about the major instances with big name companies – but that doesn’t mean small businesses are exempt from this phenomenon. It’s just that when data breaches of that magnitude occur, they have the potential to affect a lot more clients and become big news. In fact, more than 75% of data breaches target small & medium size businesses. These breaches aren’t cheap, either. What’s more concerning is that 60% of small businesses will close within six months after something like this happens.
We believe it is smarter to spend the money on protecting your data than it is to spend on recovery after something happens. Are you taking any of these precautions:
- Train employees to use strong passwords
- Limit the location for private data, both physically and digitally
- Once the location is limited, limit access to that location
- Keep track of ALL company devices – company cell phones, laptops that travel with staff, etc.
- Check your staff’s personal devices for security if they are being used for work, too.
- Make your network unbreakable with firewalls, VPNs, secure passwords, encryptions, etc.
- Lock your servers and unused devices so they cannot be casually accessed
- Add an access system to your physical office
- Track the entries and exits of your employees so you know who is accessing data at any given time
- Better yet, thoroughly screen all potential employees before hiring
- Keep your website secure and free of malware
- Make sure old data is deleted or disposed of properly by shredding both digital and hard copies
- Have a recovery plan in place in the event of a disaster
We’ve created a simple checklist to help you determine what security measures you should take in order to keep your business safe – both off and online.
Make Sure Your Data Is Secure
Download our security checklist to ensure that all of your information is safe both on and offline.
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