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How to Secure Your Data Online

A solid online security strategy is crucial to safeguard your company and customers. It’s also important to maintaining trust and a positive brand image. If sensitive data isn’t secured properly, it could fall into the hands of the wrong people, leading to fraud, regulatory fines, and reputational damage.

Data breaches can affect anyone, from individuals to large companies. Data stolen can be used to perpetrate identity theft, phishing scams, corporate or government espionage, as well as ransomware attacks.

Encrypting your data is the best way to secure it online. This applies to data in transit which includes your email, documents, and other files that are stored. The encryption process ensures that only you can access it, and that no one else can even see it if someone intercepts your communications.

It’s also important to be conscious of the websites you use and how they collect your information. Many popular websites now allow users to limit the amount of personal information that they collect. You can turn off the tracking feature on Facebook and Twitter and configure your browser to not save passwords and usernames.

Don’t forget to regularly back up your data. Store your backup at someplace other than your main office, and encrypt it if you can. Then, if you ever have a disaster like a flood or fire your backup data will be safe. The EFF’s Firefox Privacy Badger, which is backed by Chrome and Opera and Opera, can be of help. It monitors your browsing habits and blocks ads-trackers.

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