Let’s have a little talk about online security

Everything you do in modern communications leaves a trail. It has recently become evident that people are actually monitoring this information more than you might have initially thought.

However, many people don’t appear to be overly concerned. I’m sure the words ‘why on earth would anyone want my information’ are frequently mentioned in relation to this.

It’s almost impossible to avoid leaving a trail these days, for better or for worse. But you can try a few things to avoid having your information stolen by hackers, in case they come after you.

So here are our five steps to keep your online information as safe as possible.

1. Use up to date operating systems

These will always contain the latest safeguards, which makes life harder for hackers who haven’t worked out how to get through them yet.

2. Use encryption software

This will allow you to hide important information e.g., Bank details. It won’t be 100% secure – but nothing is and, relatively speaking, this is a pretty good deterrent.

3. Limiting remote access

If employees are using remote access, it is helpful to require more than just a username and password. For example, a token that displays a second password which changes regularly.

4. Strong passwords

This is a blindingly obvious point – have some really strong password rules, for e,g, – minimum 8 characters including a capital letter, a number and a non alpha-numeric character. On Panacea Software, we can easily customise these password rules for you, so it enforces stricter control over logging into the system.

5. Regular backups

Scheduling regular backups is a great and easy way to make sure everything is stored safely. A vague rule of thumb would be doing it once a week. This doesn’t protect you from hacking – but at least means you can quickly recover and restore data. A lot of people/organizations even have a second secondary back-up, if that makes sense.

These might not be the most advanced methods of avoiding security breaches, but they provide useful safeguarding with minimal effort.

Some reassuring words from Jason Hart, chief technology officer at digital security specialist Gemalto, are that we should acknowledge the inevitability of security breaches and move from methods of ‘breach prevention’ to ‘breach acceptance’.

So there you have it. In a highly vulnerable digital world, the best thing you can do is implement a practical and robust damage control plan. Good luck!


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