Data Safety Instructions

Data protection can reduce the threat of cyber attacks that can impact your business or personal reputation. It is important to know the best practices to protect your sensitive data and to follow them. A breach of private information could lead to lawsuits or fines, which could have long-term repercussions for your company or yourself.

Passwords protect all devices and files This simple step can help keep hackers from gaining access to your information. Make sure you use complex passwords that mix letters, numbers and symbols. Change default passwords supplied by vendors to more secure ones as quickly as possible. Make sure you are using the most up-to-date antivirus software and regularly run a full security scan of your computer and its servers.

Don't send confidential or personal identifiable information via email. This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information passwords, etc. Email isn't safe, and can be accessed.

Secure your network and data Make sure you use strong encryption to protect your laptops, computers, and portable storage devices. This will allow you send information to third-party organizations securely and also protect the information stored on the devices. It is also essential to prepare a plan to respond to a cyber-attack, including who you will notify and what you will do (e.g. employees or customers, credit bureaus).

Make sure you keep a copy of all of your data. Save the offline copies in a separate location from where your primary copies are. This will prevent attackers from gaining access to your primary copy or delete it.



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