In the modern world, web hacking and data breach are hot topics. In fact, they regularly hit the headlines, especially when there are large companies involved. The likes of Vodafone and TalkTalk have both been hit by hackers in the last twelve months. It’s a serious threat that risks the business and its reputation.

So, if you’re a business owner should you be worried? More importantly, what should you do to prevent the same thing happening in your company? Well, there are a variety of small and easy prevention measures, and we’ll discuss them here. There are also one or two bigger things you can do, which we’ll explain later on.

  1. Passwords – One of the most effective methods of protection is a strong password. It might seem like a small and insignificant defence against hackers. But, it does provide a complex barrier for them to negotiate. Hackers can generally only penetrate a good password by detecting patterns. If you (and your employees) use the same passwords time and again, a hacker could get around them. However, if you keep them varied and change them regularly, you’ll stay safe.
  1. Encryption – Encryption is a method of data scrambling. It takes your message or data, and jumbles it into unreadable jargon. It becomes incredibly difficult for a hacker to use or even access. Again, it’s a relatively simple technique that has been used for over a century in various forms. In many cases, you can simply activate it across your email system. However, do ensure that all your confidential data is encrypted too, no matter where you store it.
  1. Data centres – If passwords and encryption are the simple options, a data centre is the larger method. It is often a complex and expensive option. But, if you run a business that manages a lot of confidential data (like customer information), it’s the only choice. A data centre is secure, private, and confidential. It’s also backed up and protected. Most of them use data centre cooling systems to keep them from overheating too. All in all, it’s the very best way to store your important data.
  1. Cloud services Cloud services are a relatively new form of data storage. Yet, they are set to become the future of all data storage and hosting. Small, accessible options already exist, such as DropBox. You can simply upload your data and files onto  a secure server at one of these services. There are also much larger options served by private companies. These offer huge amounts of secure space to store data safely and privately.
  1. Don’t forget real world security – Lastly, don’t forget about the real world. In fact, a large majority of hackers access data through an employee’s laptop or phone. In other words, it was the device that was compromised. Make sure you’re keeping your equipment locked up and close to hand.

Follow the advice here closely, and don’t take any risks with the safety and security of your data. It’s never been more important to protect your confidential information online.

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