Have you heard of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)?
If you haven’t please take some time out to read about it because data protection is now everyone’s responsibility including you.
In simple terms, data protection is the process of safeguarding important information from corruption, compromise or loss.
Although effective data protection requires multiple layers of security and constant monitoring by security personnel, there is a lot you can do to ensure your data is safe.
Here are a few data protection tips to help you ensure the safety of your information and records:
- Backup your data.
This basically means creating a duplicate copy of your data so that if a device is lost, stolen, or compromised, you don’t also lose your important information. It’s best to create a backup on a different device, such as an external hard drive, so that you can easily recover your information when the original device becomes compromised.
- Secure your wireless network.
Please please please always secure your wireless network with a password. This prevents unauthorized individuals within proximity to hijack your wireless network even if they’re merely attempting to get free Wi-Fi access, you could be sharing personal information with other people who are using your network without permission.
- Turn off your computer.
When you’re finished using your computer or laptop, power it off. Leaving computing devices on, and most often, connected to the Internet, gives scammers 24/7 access to install malware and commit cyber crimes.
- Use “passphrase” rather than “passwords.”
A passphrase is simply a much longer password. Your passphrase can be a line from your favourite song, book or movie. In addition, you can use the first letter of each word in the phrase, along with a combination of numbers and special characters.
- Don’t use personally identifiable information as passwords.
This may sound very basic but don’t use numbers or combinations associated with other personally identifiable information as all or even part of your passwords. If someone gains access to this information, it will be among the first things they use to try to get into your account.
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