As technology evolves and becomes more complex, so does cybercrime. Cyber attacks have become one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, and if you do not have a security protocol in place, your company could be vulnerable to a security breach. It is our responsibility to remain vigilant and protect ourselves and others. Here are some tips to help safeguard and secure your data from cyberattacks.
Backup your data
Your data should be backed up frequently. If you have a secondary storage device, have it stored and locked away from your working area. By doing so, you can minimize the risk of losing your data in case of an unpredicted crisis. Additionally, be sure your backup method is working properly at all times.
Use strong passwords
Ensure all your devices and active accounts have strong, separate passwords rather than using the same password for every account. To secure your information, consider using multi-factor authentication. This security technology requires you to enter more information than just your password. Along with your password, two or more pieces of evidence are required before being granted access.
Be aware of suspicious emails
As technologies advance, so has the sophistication of email attacks. To avoid email scams, ensure you and your employees know how to spot suspicious emails. They are usually poorly written with bad grammar and, more times than not, demand urgent payment.
Install anti-virus and malware protection
Make sure all company devices are secure. Anti-virus software can protect your device against severe attacks as long as it is kept up to date.
Make sure your Wi-Fi connection is secure
Using a public or unsecured connection could put your personal information at risk. To avoid data breaches, establish a secure network connection, and consider using a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN), which makes it difficult for third parties to steal your data.
Limit access to teams channels
Utilize access controls to limit the information being viewed. If an individual leaves your company or is absent for an extended period, suspend their access to the system.
Don’t keep data longer than you need it
Clearing unwanted data decreases the amount of personal information at risk for cyber-attacks and data breaches. By frequently cleaning out your device and data, you are also freeing up storage space.
Dispose of old IT equipment and records securely
At the time of disposal, ensure no personal information is left on your device. To accomplish this, consider hiring an ITAD service provider like HOBI, that can thoroughly wipe all data from a device.
HOBI focuses on maximizing the return value of retired IT assets and ensuring they are disposed properly. HOBI also offers repair, refurbishment, remarketing, and recycling services. HOBI prioritizes waste prevention by recovering and reusing products as long as possible and recycling those at the end of their life.
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