Somewhat shockingly, a recent study suggests that the data integrity of Internet users may be less secure than they think. Consider the fact that 21% of Internet users reported having a social media or email account compromised. Worse, 11% of online users have had personal information stolen such as a social security number, bank account information, etc. As such, we felt that a timely reminder on how to keep your data secure was in order.
Protect Your Password
We’ve all heard it time and time again. Choose a strong password, change it frequently, and don’t select security questions that anyone with access to your Facebook profile could answer. So, how do you choose a strong password? Author Farhad Manjoo recommends that you select a phrase that’s easily remembered. For example, Disney World is my number one favorite vacation spot. By taking the first letter of each phrase, this could easily be converted to DWimn1fvs. Talk about a difficult password to hack!
Keep Your Virus Protection Software Up-to-Date
Just last year the Environmental Protection Agency had a security breach affecting nearly 8,000 users. The breach included Social Security numbers, home addresses, and bank account information, and was caused by an email attachment with a virus. It’s easy to let virus protection software expire—offering no protection at all—or to allow virus definitions to become out-of-date. Make sure that your software is constantly running in the background and that you are using the latest security patches.
Always Create Backups
Creating backups and storing them in the cloud is a great way to ensure that even if the worst occurs, you can still access your important files. Contact us to learn more about disaster recovery and cloud storage services. You can store and retrieve your files in a snap and never have to worry about losing important files again.
In short, you never want to take your data security for granted and preventing data leaks doesn’t have to be complicated. With simple steps like these, you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, saving yourself lots of time, money and headaches.