Summer means vacations and relaxation. It’s a time for taking a break from the daily grind and doing all the fun things you’ve planned for. But it’s also a prime season for cybercriminals. Some of the biggest data breaches happen in summer when office staff are on vacation, so it’s important to protect your records when you’re not at work, especially tax and insurance information.
Protect Against Viruses and Spyware
Your computers should be equipped with antivirus software and antispyware. Update both regularly. Configure all software to install updates automatically.
Use a firewall to safeguard and encrypt information. Hide and secure your Wi-Fi network by setting up your wireless access point or router so the network name isn’t broadcast. Protect access to the router with a password.
Use Strong Password Protection
A multifactor authentication that requires additional information beyond a password is a good idea to create extra layers of security to protect sensitive information and personally identifiable data. Change your passwords often.
Backup Important Data and Information
Backup all the data on your computers on a regular basis. All critical documents, electronic spreadsheets, financial files, databases and accounts receivable files should be backed up automatically and copies should be stored on the cloud or offsite.
Prevent Physical Network Hardware and Computers
Control who accesses computers to keep unauthorized individuals away. Laptops should be locked away to prevent theft. Only trusted IT staff and key personnel should have administrative privileges.
Ensure Mobile Device Security
Mobile devices that hold confidential information or can access the corporate networks pose security risks. They should be password protected and their data should be encrypted. Security apps can also prevent information theft if a phone is on a public network. Make sure there are procedures in place to report stolen equipment.