Posted by ppalmer
on Aug 4th, 2011 in Security
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In the wake of the myriad of data breaches that have occurred the reality of protecting your proprietary data is quintessential to your company’s security and competitive edge. Below are some quick examples of how else to prevent data breaches. Read more:
First, and foremost a computer monitoring software like InterGuard with its Data Loss Prevention DLP solution will help to prevent insiders from leaking proprietary data for your organization.
- Put a lock on the door by installing a firewall and make sure it is properly configured and up to date
- Keep your operating system and browser patched and up to date
- Install an alarm by using industry standard anti-virus software and make sure you install any updates. Malware infecting your computer can be an avenue for hackers to gain access to your personal data.
- Restrict key holders by not sharing your password with anyone. PCs allow you to create user accounts for a reason!
- Change your password regularly and make it hard to crack – but one you can remember without writing it on a post-it-note and sticking it to the screen!
- If you change your PC make sure you get the hard drive scrubbed. It’s amazing what criminals can pick up on EBay
- Be careful about the personal information you divulge when filling in registration forms. Ask yourself whether the organization really needs that much information about you and, as importantly, can you trust them to keep it safe? They’ll tell you how they intend to use the information but don’t be afraid to ask how they’re going to protect it to.
- Be careful what you tell strangers on social websites and in chat rooms.
- Question the validity of emails you receive and never click on an embedded link or down load attachments if you’re at all suspicious. Most banks will tell you how they will contact you and what they won’t ask you to do. If in doubt call the organization the communication is supposed to have been sent by to allay your fears or confirm your suspicion