5 Simple Methods To Secure Your Data

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Data is without a doubt a hot topic in many circles. We store all kinds of data both on local computers and online. Security experts warn that we’re likely to see more data breaches in the coming years. That’s because more of us are being rather lax with our data security procedures.

When you run a business, you have a legal obligation to protect the customer data that you store. Even if that data is nothing more than an email address. Consumers get worried about their private details becoming passed along to third parties. Let’s face it; the last thing any of us wants is to have more spam/scam calls, emails and letters!

Are you worried about data security in your business? If so, these five simple steps will help you lock down that sensitive information. Here is what you need to know:

1. Force Your Staff to Use Strong Passwords

By far, one of the easiest ways to hack into any computer network is through user accounts. The thing about passwords is that many people don’t use complicated ones. I’m talking about the ones that don’t have symbols, numbers and a mix of upper and lower case letters.

As a company, you should enforce a strong password policy. And be sure to use a password length of at least ten characters.

2. Have Several Lines of Defence

Firewalls are an excellent way of blocking intrusions and DoS (Denial of Service) attacks. Most Internet routers have some form of software firewall installed. I recommend that you also use a hardware firewall appliance. You can get ones that are rack-mountable, in case you wondered.

It’s worth having an IT support company configure your firewall for you. That’s because some firewall rules can be rather complicated to configure!

3. Increase Your Physical Security

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Most businesses have one or more rooms in their buildings that house their vital network kit. Part of that equipment will include servers and other data storage systems.

Consider increasing your physical building security. Examples include biometric scanning, key fob access and extra physical locks. Some firms also hire 24/7 guards for an added layer of physical security. There are plenty of security solutions you can adopt for your needs.

4. Keep Your Internet Security Solutions Up-to-Date

Malware is often easy to install on a computer. And it’s simple if the system in question has out-of-date anti-virus software. What’s shocking is that some companies don’t have any virus protection at all!

Internet security software solutions are affordable and easy to install. You can even get enterprise-grade solutions that you can manage from a central location. There’s no excuse not to make Internet security a priority for your business.

5. Hide Your Wi-Fi Network

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Last, but not least, you should stop broadcasting your Wi-Fi network’s SSID. That way, you can give out the access details only to authorised users. If someone tries scanning for your network, they won’t be able to find it.

By following the above five points, you’ll make your data more secure. Thanks for reading today’s blog post!