Security tips that will help protect your data

Security tips that will help protect your data
Friday 01 Aug 2014 [8:57]

Security tips that can help protect your data.

You don't need any complex measures to keep your data safe. There are a few easy options that will help keep your personal and professional data secure.

While you'll need to put in place more sophisticated security measure to keep out the more advanced hackers, many of the worst things that can happen can be prevented with simple steps.

The simplest way to keep someone out of a phone that might have sensitive data on it is to add a code. Most phones can be locked with a 4-digit code; this is an easy way to stop every day criminals getting information off your phone. While with all Android phones you need to use a pattern lock instead of a code. While this method is not impossible to crack, it is the first line of defence you have. It is also wise that all members of staff have this security in place on their phones.
In the last few years Google and Apple have been installing all of their phones with a built-in-the-box security measure that can remotely lock or wipe a phone, also known as a kill-switch. Activating this make the phone completely useless to whoever has stolen the device. Apple computers also come installed with Find My Mac, which allows you to remote-wipe or remote-lock if a PC is compromised.
Using a password with a capital letter or symbol will help make your existing password much more secure. For example if your password is password, the most common password used, by making a small change to Password1! It raises the chance of it being cracked from a few hours (if not less) to 967 years.
There is no excuse why you don't have Anti-virus and Anti-malware software on every single computer. It is a cheap option even on a company level, if you check for updates every day your computer will always be protected from any attacks it may encounter. It is the easiest thing in the world to protect yourself and your company.

Have you thought about asking your IT manager to block certain files attachments? By putting a limit on certain attachments you allow on corporate emails you can reduce virus attacks, ask your IT manager about blocking .exe and .cmd files and if you are using Dropbox you can also block .zip files as well.
A growing trend with large companies is to use Bring-Your-Own-Device technology. This is great for large companies but should be used with caution, with staff members being able to bring all types of data to and from the office it would be wise to put sensitive information on an internal server that can only be accessed from the building.  If it does need to be removed make sure that it is traceable via a login for each user.

Finally when it comes to your companies' data safety it is important to educate your staff with all the basic security upgrades. Never assume you or your staffs know even the most basic security facts.

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