March 20th, 2020
Business in the 21st century is heavily reliant on computers and digital data. It’s both a way to store massive amounts of data without taking up a lot of physical space and, thanks to the Internet, ways to access it easily. However, digital data, thanks to its very ease and accessibility, can also be very vulnerable. While violent crime is going down in America, computer-related crime is going up.
If you want to protect your business and your data, here are five essential tips for maintaining better digital security.
Don’t Connect On Unsecured Networks
This requires an intensive amount of employee and management training, as often the temptation to ignore this safety measure can be significant. If you’re at a café, and you need to access your data, it’s very easy to turn a blind eye to your device’s warning that you’re about to connect to an unsecured network. However, unsecured means anyone can be monitoring, and that includes getting the user account and password you may be about to type in.
Secure Mobile Devices
Many people now use laptops, tablets, or smartphones to work while on the go. The convenience of these devices can’t be understated, but it must be tempered with vigilance. Always secure mobile devices so that if you have to use a restroom, or leave a device unattended for a few minutes, people can’t just pick it up and browse through the contents. Make sure to enable a password, biometric key, or other code to prevent anyone who steals your device from being able to access what’s on it quickly.
Email & Link Discipline
The number one cause of viruses and hacking in digital security is when people unknowingly activate these programs themselves. Clicking on an attached file in an email is a direct command issued to your computer that it cannot ignore, even if a dangerous virus is embedded in that file. The same is true when clicking on unknown links. Firewalls for network protection are excellent at screening outside attempts to hack a system. Still, when an employee within the network willingly activates malware, nothing can prevent that software from hacking the system. Always train employees and management to exercise vigilance here.
Use Strong Passwords
The best passwords are 20 characters or more, using a combination of alphanumeric symbols. Fortunately, while these are difficult to remember and impossible to guess randomly, modern systems like password managers can handle these unwieldy passwords. Train your employees to use strong password generators and enter these passwords into their management systems.
Update Software & Firmware
A final precaution is always to update your software or the firmware in your equipment if a new version is available. Software and firmware updates don’t just add new features or fix bugs; they can also address security vulnerabilities that may have been discovered. Conversely, this also means you shouldn’t be using older software or firmware for which no updates are available because this means these systems are vulnerable.
If you’d like to know more about keeping your digital systems secure, we can help. Contact Seedlogix and let us assist you with your digital needs.