A solid strategy for security on the internet is crucial to protect your business and your customers. It is also crucial to maintain trust and an image of goodwill. If a business doesn’t safeguard data properly, sensitive information could be accessed by the wrong people and result in fraud, fines and reputational damage.
Data breaches can be devastating to anyone from individuals to large companies. Stolen data can be used to perpetrate identity theft as well as phishing scams, corporate or government espionage, and ransomware attacks.
The encryption of your data is the best way to secure it online. This includes data that is in rest which includes your email, documents, and other files you store. By encrypting data, you ensure that only you have access to it, and that no other person will be able to access it, even if they steal your data.
It’s also important to be aware of the websites you use and how they’re storing your personal information. Many of the most popular websites allow users to control the amount of personal information they collect. For example you can switch off the tracking of Facebook and Twitter, and you can change your browser settings to stop saving passwords and usernames.
Make sure to back up your data and do it frequently. Keep your backup in another location than your office, and encrypt if possible. If you ever have a disaster like a flood or fire your backup information will be safe. The EFF’s Firefox, Chrome and Opera-supported Privacy Badger can aid in this. It blocks ad trackers and monitors your browsing habits in order to warn you to suspicious behavior.