How Secure is Your Data?
After the Facebook security breach that allegedly exposed sensitive information and private account details of millions of users, it’s no surprise society is taking data security extremely seriously in 2020. With various government regulations implemented surrounding the confidentiality and security of data located in the cloud, there is universal hope that intensified cyber security is on the horizon.
While many of us like to think our personal information stored on the cloud is safe and secure, the reality of the matter is that despite tight security precautions, nothing is completely protected online. This begs the question, what can we really do to ensure our data is secure?
It’s truly impossible to know if your data is 100% safe online, but we recommend implementing a layered approach to security to give yourself the best shot.
Encrypt your data
Software updates and password protection isn’t enough to protect you from hackers and cyber threats anymore. And data encryption isn’t simply reserved for tech gurus – modern tools make it possible for anyone to encrypt information online. For example, Office 365 uses encryption in two ways: in the service, and as a customer control. In the service, encryption is used by default, which means you don’t have to configure anything.
Use anti-malware protection and firewall
Anti-malware outsmarts scammers who disguise themselves as an email or useful website and infiltrate your device, damaging your computer without consent. Essential for laying a foundation of security for your devices, anti-malware software can perform periodic scans for spyware to ensure your safety. Firewall does the same but focuses more on prevention than treatment by helping to block dangerous programs and viruses before infiltration.
While these can be sourced from various companies for your personal network, businesses should look into a more integrated solution from a managed services provider like the IT Department to ensure better overall security.
Secure your wireless network
This might seem like a no-brainer but your wireless network should always be secured with a strong password. This helps to prevent both unauthorised persons within the proximity of your network and potential virtual hackers from hijacking your wireless network. An unsecure network means people can access it without permission inadvertently giving them access to your private information.
For businesses with a lot of guest users, we can help you set up managed Wi-Fi services, ensuring a sign-on solution for guests that keeps the overall network secure.
Protect your smartphone
People often focus on the security of their laptops and computers, but forget that mobile devices are used more often and actually carry a lot more personal information than you would think. And with the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies at work, it’s even more critical. There are a number of ways you can keep your mobile data secure, a few include:
- Keep your phone OS up to date
- Configure your privacy settings
- Always lock your phone with a strong passcode and enable touch or face ID for downloads
- Implement two-factor authentication for all personal accounts
- Set up auto-lock after inactivity
- Back up your mobile data device
- Disable bluetooth when it’s not being used
- Avoid downloading shady applications
- Prevent your phone from being stolen
- If you have a number of devices to protect, time to look at a Mobile Device Management solution
Source IT support from a company you can trust
Some of these tips can be implemented on your own, however to ensure they are done right, it doesn’t hurt to hire IT professionals familiar with the ins-and-outs of IT security to support your business. At the IT Department, we have over 18 years of experience in cyber security and understand how to keep your data safe. For more information, contact our support team by calling 1300 10 10 40 or get in touch online.
For additional advice on how you can keep your company safe from a security breach, read our list of the most important cyber security tips for small business owners.