How to Protect Your Data

Whether you’re running a multimillion-dollar multinational corporation or a small local business, or are planning a large-scale conference or event, a breach of your data could be catastrophic. Fortunately, there are software and services available to minimize the risk of a data breach and help you keep your valuable data safe and sound.

ANTIVIRUS PROTECTION THAT'S UNIQUE TO YOUR BUSINESS

The frontline in protecting your data from falling into the hands of would-be cybercriminals is to have adequate security in place on your computer. Checkpoint Direct provides data and network security systems and services for businesses of all sizes ranging from small home offices to large data centers. In order to ensure that your business is covered by the correct cybersecurity protection, Checkpoint Direct offer a fully tailored service unique to your business needs and requirements.

There is no one size fits all solution for protecting your data, and dependent upon the business you operate, your requirements will differ.

BE CAUTIOUS WHEN SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION ONLINE

A great way to protect your data is to keep it close to your chest. Whilst it’s necessary these days to share some information online, in order to make sure you’re not the victim of cybercrime, it’s important not to share too much.

Cybercriminals and hackers can take advantage of those who share more than they need to. Identity theft is one of the most prevalent forms of crime in the UK and in 2018 alone there were over 170,000 reported incidents. Find out more about how to react if you’ve been a victim of identity theft from those in the know.

Our top tip in this regard is to not fill out the ‘about me’ section on social media profiles. Your friends and followers won’t notice the difference and without personal information on your profile, you’ll be far less likely to fall prey to unscrupulous cyber criminals.

When signing up for events, some meeting planners will require personal data from you to deliver the event experience you desire. Make sure that any data you enter is submitted on a secure website, i.e. the website address starts with https. Never submit data on a non-secure form.

STRONG PASSWORDS

Nowadays we buy our groceries, watch TV and order our lunch from the touch of a button but all of this can come at a cost. Technology has come a long way in the last few years and with more and more aspects of our lives moving online, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of maintaining strong passwords.

If for example, you’re using the same simple and easy to remember passwords for all of your online accounts, then you might well be putting yourself at risk. Let’s say you’re online food delivery service is hacked and cybercriminals obtain not only your sensitive information but also your login details.

If these are the same details you use to log in to your online banking, then this could be a much larger problem than the hackers just finding out what you ate for lunch.

Take advantage of a password manager to avoid risking the loss of your personal data. Using a password manager is a great workaround for this as nobody has the memory to generate complicated passwords for all their online logins without losing track of things.