How to Secure Your Data Online

A solid strategy for online security is essential to protect your business and your customers. It is also crucial to keep trust and maintain an image of goodwill. If a company doesn’t secure data appropriately, sensitive information can get into the wrong hands and cause fraud, fines and reputational damage.

Data breaches can be devastating to anyone from individuals to huge companies. Data stolen can be used for identity theft fraud, phishing scams or government espionage, as well as ransomware attacks.

The encryption of your data is the best way to protect it online. This includes data at rest, such as your emails, documents and other files that are stored. The encryption of information ensures that only you are able to access it, and that no other person will be able to read it, even when they have intercepted your communications.

You should also be aware of the websites you visit and how they collect your information. Many popular websites now allow you to control the amount of personal data that they collect. For instance you can switch off tracking for Facebook and Twitter, and you can configure your browser to stop saving usernames and passwords.

Make sure you regularly back up your data. Keep your backup in an alternative location to your office, and encrypt it if you can. Your data will be safe in the event of a flood or fire. The EFF’s Firefox, Chrome and Opera-supported Privacy Badger can assist with this. It blocks ad trackers and monitors your browsing habits to warn you of any suspicious activity.

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