Data Safety Instructions

Protecting your data can help reduce the threat of cyber attacks that could affect your company or personal reputation. It is crucial to understand the best practices to protect your personal information and adhere to them. A breach of personal information could result in lawsuits or fines that could have long-term repercussions for you or your business.

Make sure that all files and devices are secured with the use of a password. This simple action will stop hackers from gaining access to your personal information. Use strong passwords that contain complex combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. Change default passwords provided by vendors to strong passwords as soon as you can. Use the most current antivirus software and regularly perform a full security check of your system and servers.

Don’t send confidential or personal sensitive information via email. This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information passwords, etc. Email is not secure and may be intercepted by hostile parties.

Ensure your network and data are safe – Ensure your laptops, computers, and portable storage devices are secured by using strong encryption when you send information to third party parties and to protect the information on these devices. It’s also crucial to have a plan of responding to a cyber attack and who to notify and how to respond (e.g. employees and customers, credit bureaus, etc.).).

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