Is Your Data Safe?

In today's modern world, many things can compromise your data security. This means people or programs with malicious intent could gain access to your information if you are not making use of correct data security practices. This could include simple things from the correct password etiquette to other techniques such as two-factor authentication (2FA).

The most common way to prevent unauthorised access to your data and accounts, such as online banking or social media, is the use of a password. But, creating and using a good and secure password may not be as simple as it sounds. It isn't uncommon for large companies and organisations to be hacked and compromised, leading to data breaches, meaning that the hacker could gain access to your account details. If you re-use the same password (as many people do), then potentially a large number of your accounts could be available to cyber-criminals. Hence, it is important to use a unique password for different accounts or platforms.

There are several different ways that you can keep track of your passwords whilst keeping them unique and secure. A simple solution is to record them in a notebook, or you can use a password manager to do the job for you.

If you are using a Google account with Chrome, for example, there will be an option to generate a strong password of random characters. This will be saved under your Google account and will be automatically filled when logging into your accounts. Although this is a simple solution that does it all for you, it still has its faults. You must still log into your Google account to access your passwords and log-in information, and if your Google account password is leaked, or if someone gains access, they could potentially gain access to any number of passwords you have stored there.

Two-factor authentication is another method that you can use to protect your private accounts and passwords. It acts as a double-checking that the person logging into the account is the account owner. Usually, this is performed by the user being sent a code via email or SMS that you will use to confirm log-in to your account. Additionally, if someone is attempting to access one of your accounts you will be alerted.

Small business must be especially careful with their internet security. They are commonly attacked and can be potentially devastating. Should a hacker gain access to the network of any organisation, there is a vast range of ways the business could be affected, including customer credit card or personal information being leaked. Therefore it is imperative that business owners and employees ensure they are practising correct data security and password etiquette.

Using safe password practices, using a firewall, anti-malware and virus software are all simple ways that a business owner can ensure their network will be safe and more resilient to attacks or data breaches.

In the modern world, potential hazards exist online and the importance of being aware of threats and how they can affect you is important. One breach could be all it takes for a large portion of your data to be compromised. Are you secure?

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