Data protection can reduce the threat of cyber attacks that can impact your business or personal image. It is essential to understand and adhere to the best practices when it comes to protecting sensitive information. A breach of your private information can lead to lawsuits and fines that could be long-term consequences for your company or you personally.

Password protection is essential for all devices and files – This simple step can deter hackers from accessing your information. Make sure you use complex passwords that mix letters, numbers, and symbols. Change default passwords offered by vendors to more secure ones as soon as you can. Make sure you update your antivirus software regularly and conduct a security check on your server and computer.

Don’t send confidential or personal identifying information via email – This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information passwords, passwords, etc. Email is not secure and it can be intercepted.

Be sure that your network and data are secure. Make sure your laptops, computers and portable storage devices are secured by employing strong encryption when transmitting data to third parties as well as to safeguard the information stored on these devices. It is also essential to have a plan of responding to a cyber attack, including who to notify and how to respond (e.g. employees or customers, credit agencies, etc.).).

Make sure you have a backup of all your data – Keep offline copies of your important data in separate locations from where the primary copies are kept. This can help prevent attackers from getting access to your primary copies, or from deleting them.