Tips to Keep Your Data Secure

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

In the following blog, we look at six tips to help you keep your data secure, whether in work or working from home.

Tip 1 – Use Strong Authentication 

Use strong authentication to access your device, such as Windows Hello. With Windows Hello, you can log in with a PIN or if your device supports it, your fingerprint or face.

Tip 2 – Sign-in Online with Multi-Factor Authentication 

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) uses multiple steps to sign you in. You might use both a PIN sent to your mobile device and a password or a PIN and facial recognition to authenticate. Using MFA makes it much harder for cybercriminals to hack your accounts or see your stuff.

Tip 3 – Upgrade to A Secure Password 

It’s time to think about the passwords you use. If you’re using simple passwords like ‘qwerty’ or “password!” it’s a good time to upgrade them to be more secure.

Length is more important than complexity, though both have a role. Your password should ideally be at least 12 characters long, and not a single English word or something easily linked to you such as your dog’s name.

Consider using a phrase like a favourite song lyric or poem to create a password that’s long and complex but easy to remember.

Tip 4 – Encrypt Your Local Drive 

Make sure local drive encryption, such as BitLocker, is enabled. That way if your device is lost or stolen, any local data will be difficult to access.

Tip 5 – Make Sure Your Device Is Up to Date 

Make sure your device is up to date on security updates and that you are using a modern, secure browser like Microsoft Edge. Also make sure you have an antimalware program, like Windows Defender, actively running.

Tip 6 – Store Your Files Securely 

Store your files in a secure cloud location rather than on a local drive or removable media. Using secure cloud storage, such as SharePoint or OneDrive for Business, means that even if your physical device is lost or stolen, your data is still available.

For more advice on protecting your business from cybercriminals, contact us on:

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