Data Security Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cubed background in different sizes and red colors aligning to a row of glowing information security icons surrounding the word cybersecurity 3D illustrationAutumn is here, and Halloween is just around the corner, but did you know October is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? It’s a great opportunity to review your data security practices. In this blog, we’re helping you get started with five cybersecurity tips:

1. Protect Your Devices

Your mobile devices allow you to work anywhere, anytime. As a result, your data is always at risk. That’s why it’s essential to make sure your devices are always protected. Password protect your laptop, tablet and smartphone, and make sure they’re equipped with the latest security software. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when connecting to public and private WiFi networks.

2. Protect Your Website

It’s not just big corporations that are hacked; every day, thousands of small businesses fall victim to malware. Unsecure websites offer an easy gateway for cybercriminals. Make sure your website is protected with a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. SSL encrypts data going to and from your website so it can’t be stolen and misused. SSL is becoming the standard for all websites, and Google is labeling websites without it “unsecure.”

3. Be Careful When Paying at The Pump

Gas station credit card readers are often compromised with “skimmers.” These devices are attached to credit card readers in order to swipe the data from your credit card’s magnetic strip when you pay at the pump. To avoid having your credit card account hacked, pay with cash or use your card inside. The few extra minutes it takes is worth avoiding identity theft.

4. Back Up Your Data

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Imagine having your corporate data stolen and then having to pay an enormous sum to get it back. Schedule regular backups of your business files and applications and store a duplicate copy offsite. When your backup tapes reach the end of their retention lifecycle, destroy them with an electronic/magnetic media destruction service.

5. Don’t Forget about Non-Digital Data

We’re so focused on digital information that it’s easy to forget about protecting your hard copy information. But criminals still use low-tech methods to steal confidential business data. Your trash and recycling bins are low-lying fruit.

A mobile shredding service keeps your information out of dumpsters and recycling bins. A background-screened, professional destruction specialist visits your business on a regular basis to collect and destroy your documents on-site with a state-of-the-art mobile shredding truck. Your documents are destroyed with NAID AAA Certified processes while you watch. You receive a Certificate of Destruction when your shredding project is complete.

Remember, data security awareness isn’t just for October—you can practice these tips all year long!

Land Shark Shredding offers on-site mobile destruction services in Bowling Green and throughout southwest Kentucky. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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