Data Safety Instructions

Protecting your data can help reduce the chance of cyberattacks which could harm your business or personal reputation. It is essential to understand and adhere to the best practices for protecting sensitive information. A breach of your personal information could lead to fines and lawsuits that may have long-term implications for you or your business.

Password protect all devices and files – This simple step can keep hackers from gaining access to your information. Make sure you use complex passwords that mix letters, numbers, and symbols. Change default passwords supplied by vendors to stronger ones whenever you can. Keep your anti-virus software up to date and run a security scan on your computer and servers.

Don’t share confidential or personally specific information via email. This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information passwords, passwords etc. Email is not secure and can be intercepted by unfriendly parties.

Secure your network and data – Use strong encryption to safeguard your laptops, computers, and portable storage devices. This will help you to transmit information to third parties securely as well as protect information stored on the devices. It is also essential to have a plan for responding to cyber attacks, 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 the most important data in separate places from where the primary copies are kept. This can help prevent attackers from getting access to your primary copies or from deleting them.

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