There are so many things you can do to ensure your company is not a victim of data theft. If it so happens you ARE a victim and someone does steal your data you can also ensure they are not able to access your data.
Kate Rogers of Fox Business writes:
No. 1: Steer clear of WiFi. “It’s not inherently secure,” according to Goodman. “If large corporations can’t secure them properly, small businesses can’t use it.” If you do choose to use WiFi, make sure your using the most up-to-date security protections, and don’t access company files from WiFi hotspots, they may not be protected.
No. 2: Keep your software updated. This goes for antivirus, malware and spyware, Goodman said. While keeping everything up to date may be an added cost, it’s worth it. “The new versions are better secured from a network connection,” he said.
No. 3: Only take the information you need. If you run a local deli, for example, there is no need to ask customers for their Social Security number, Goodman said. That just puts your business at greater risk and is an extra burden on your own security as an owner.
No. 4: Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt. If you need sensitive information from your customers, make sure you are encrypting the data. This may sound high tech, which is why many small business owners shy away from doing it, but Goodman says it can easily be done by choosing the “password encrypt” option on programs like Excel and Microsoft Word. “This is so important because it stops other people from accessing your information. It can keep you, and these people, from experiencing fraud.”
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