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Preventing Privacy Breaches: Part 2

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

With dozens of different logins, emails sent from different servers, and always having the answer to the “Forgot My Password” question be our mother’s maiden name, we aren’t always doing ourselves a favour when something slips out of our pocket (figuratively and literally). Being aware of our own habits and shortcomings can go a very long way in protecting the information of our business and our clients. 

As I mentioned in the last blog, a huge part of preventing security breaches is simply being aware of what data you have and collect. In Part 2, I’ll outline a few ways of protecting it:

1) Keep track of your devices and encrypt everything. An embarrassing amount of security breaches come from carelessness with important devices. Laptops, phones, USB drives and other devices are all easily stolen, but it is our responsibility to encrypt and lock thieves out from getting further into the devices. Passcodes, face or fingerprint recognition and remote locking of information are all good ways of keeping people out.

2) Limit the amount of personal information you’re collecting and keeping. The more data you have, the easier it is to misplace or misuse. If you don’t need to retain personal information, then don’t ask for it. If you don’t need to keep the information for future reference, get rid of it safely. Keep your computers tidy.

3) Get your employees on the same page. Everyone in your organization needs to understand which data is important and the best ways to prevent breaches. This should not be a passive policy, but an active one that involves training and updates as things continue to evolve.