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Keeping passwords, financial information and other personal data safe is an increasingly difficult task for both individuals and businesses. With sophisticated cyber attacks on the rise, it is very important that users follow sound practices to stop their own data – and other people’s data – from falling into the wrong hands.

We’ve come up with some suggestions to help you protect your data, and though there are many ways for you to do this, this article should help provide a basis.

 

1. Make Your Passwords Unique

Password security is probably one of the most obvious ways to safeguard your personal information, and one of the most effective too. Creating a unique, difficult-to-guess password for your email account is the most important thing to do. Why? Because an email account is the gateway to a person’s other online services. In the worst case scenario, a hacked email could lead to identity theft! 

You can find out more about password tips and tricks in one of our previous articles.

 

2. Utilise the Cloud

If you store data on a local device, we recommend using a hosted data backup service in case your hardware is compromised. This should hopefully prevent ransomware – a type of attack where hackers hold your data hostage in return for money. You won’t ever have to worry about paying cybercriminals to unlock your encrypted files. 

Here at ICT Solutions, we offer a scalable and agile UK hosted backup system to accommodate you and your business.

 

3. Keep Your Operating System Up to Date

It’s easy to ignore those pesky ‘Software Update’ notifications that always seem to pop up on your device at the worst time! What a lot of users don’t realise is that these updates contain critical security fixes that can help defend your computer, tablet or mobile from recently discovered threats. 

The good news is that you usually don’t have to install updates at that very moment, and can opt to do it a few hours or a few days later. Just make sure to do it at some point!

 

4. Layer Up With Security

A layered approach to cyber security is very important, and is often the best way to secure sensitive data and information. 

At ICT Solutions, we make use of anti-virus software, advanced firewalls, disaster recovery plans and much more. We tailor our cyber security services to the individual needs of your business, to cover every eventuality and to give you complete peace of mind.

 

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Hopefully this has provided you with an insight into the main ways of keeping your data safe and secure. If you’d like to find out more about any of our services, then please do get in touch today