Get smart with these tips to prevent data loss


There was a time when people feared being robbed on the street, now that fear has reached the point where people fear being robbed in their most safest havens. Crime has been digitised and in a blink of an eye the bank balance of a business can drop or their most secured files hacked. The thought of being hacked has become all too real with many companies taking initiative to get digital insurance.


Save data the safe way


There is really no need to keep the details of customers such as their credit card numbers and other sensitive customer information on record. Make it a policy to purge customer records from your system once that data is no longer relevant or needed for the business at hand. Keep in mind that if you have nothing to steal, you won’t be robbed and that the risk of a breach outweighs the convenience for your customers.


Get up to date with the latest software technology


The most important set-up to get is a firewall that will protect you from possible data loss. The firewall is your insurance, it is your greatest protection and plays the same role as asset finance. The firewall protects your network from being infringed by scammers, and for this you will need to make use of strong passwords, even if it happens to be those that require two-factor authentication—to access sensitive information. Use cyber-protection software that hunts for viruses and malware on your web site and as you search the web. Be sure to regularly update the patches on your software regularly.


Train your employees


Many cyber crimes take place due to lack of information. It can happen that employees unintentionally and unknowingly hand over sensitive business information to a hacker presenting themselves as a reputable person in need of information, or because they click on malicious links sent to them via email. Hence the reasoning for imparting proper training to staff about cyber crimes and how to prevent them.  Training employees on how to look for and what to avoid – such breaches can protect a business from being the next victim.