How to Secure Your Data Online

A sound strategy for online security is vital to safeguard your business and customers. It is also crucial to maintain trust and an image of goodwill. When sensitive data is not protected properly, it can get into the hands of the wrong people, leading to violations of regulations, fraud, and reputational damage.

Data breaches pose a risk for everyone, from the smallest of individuals to large corporations. Stolen data can be used to perpetrate identity theft, phishing scams, corporate or government espionage, as well as ransomware attacks.

The encryption of your data is the best method to safeguard it online. This applies to data in rest, such as your emails, documents as well as other files stored. By encrypting data, you ensure that only you are able to access it and that no other person will be able to access it, even if they intercepted your transmissions.

It’s also important to be aware of the websites you use and how they’re gathering your data. Many of the most popular websites now have settings that allow you to limit the amount of your personal information they gather. For example you can switch off the tracking of Facebook and Twitter, and you can configure your browser to stop saving usernames and passwords.

And don’t forget to back up your data and regularly. Store your backup at someplace other than your office, and encrypt the backup if possible. Your data will be safe in the event of a fire or flood. The EFF’s Firefox Privacy Badger, which is used by Chrome and Opera and Opera, can be of help. It monitors your browsing data room providers habits and blocks ads trackers.

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