The issue of data protection is an extremely complex topic. We deal with it practically in every situation. From surfing the Internet, opening a bank account or settling the simplest matters in the office.
In many cases, we come across practical questions about data security. In today’s post, we would like to propose tangible, concrete and life solutions that help both personal and business practices and in raising the awareness of our readers regarding security and privacy issues.
Practical Data Security Tips
What does the aspect of data protection really come from? These types of questions appear very often during our practices. First, we believe that this is not a requirement but a necessity due to the transformation into an information-based digital economy. In addition, information is a “material” component of the business. However, data protection is also a legal requirement, articulated in many places in the world.
In this case, we can clearly see that the country imposes on those who process personal data the requirement to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure the security of operations on personal data. The case is clear. So, what steps should be taken in practice to ensure that our data is secure? In this post, we have prepared some practical tips that will increase the basic security of personal data on devices in which personal data may be stored.
Backup Files and Data
In case of deletion of data by the user, encryption of network resources, damage to the user’s disk or the main server, the data can be recovered. However, protection against external/random factors, i.e. fire, flooding or lightning strike, is still excluded. Before the unpleasant consequences of such events, it is worth investing in an off-site backup – the most popular method is to automatically send another backup copy to the cloud or in an encrypted form on external drives, if the company’s policy does not allow you to use the cloud option.
No Unauthorized Access
In this aspect, it is also necessary to ensure the possibility of efficient removal of permissions or access from specific users who, for example, end their cooperation with the company or even devices used for work. In the event of a critical security alert targeting a specific platform, certain devices may need to be locked until their users resolve the issue. At the same time, these users should be able to access the network via other non-compromised devices in order to do their job.
Have you ever lost your portable drive? In many cases, it can cost up to thousands of dollars. Therefore, we recommend the use of disk encryption programs. It really doesn’t take much time and will significantly limit access to the disk even if it is lost. System devices also have encryption solutions available
Install Antivirus Software
It is a good practice to help protect your hardware from malware. Currently, there are a large number of free antivirus programs on the market or already contained in the system software, which will contribute to increasing the level of security of your data. A good and effective antivirus program will help to reduce the risk of introducing spyware or ransomware into the system. It is extremely important in the age of using electronic banking via both a computer and a mobile device.
Set Up Strong Passwords
Strong passwords and multi-level authentication contribute decisively to the improvement of personal data protection. They allow you to limit access to the device, and at the same time minimize the risk of data loss in the event of loss or theft of the device.
Do Not Open Suspicious Attachments
Do you ever open attachments to e-mails from recipients you do not know? We strongly advise against this approach. It can contribute to a phishing attack in which the criminal pretends to be another person or institution in order to obtain confidential information, infect the computer with malware or persuade the victim to take specific actions. Therefore, we strongly recommend checking the senders of e-mails. If we have received a message from an unknown sender in the past, which may seem suspicious, it is best to use the option to block this address or indicate the words based on which the message should be blocked. Of course, with the latter option, keep in mind that these words should be distinctive. Otherwise, all messages containing the given word will be blocked.
By following the above tips, it will be easier for you to implement solutions that increase the protection of your data security. You will achieve a high level of IT security thanks to the use of professional technologies.
Data security protection is a key factor for the stability of operations, the more so as there are more and more threats from the network. They come from many sources and are aimed at various areas of activity. One of the challenges faced by enterprises and other organizations is, inter alia, network access security. There are more guidelines and performance standards that will help ensure that data security is at a level that is appropriate to the needs of the digital transformation era. Every modern company or organization must ensure the security of data and all devices and applications working in it.