5 Tips For Keeping Your Data  Secure As Possible

By Jake Clarke, CTO - The Red Fox Group

Keeping both your and your organisation's data secure is vitally important, particularly as so many of us are now working remotely across several devices.

Through my years of experience working with data and technology, here are five simple - but crucial - steps you can take to keep your data as secure as possible.

 

Passwords – get a password manager

You should have a unique strong password for every login you create.

Reusing passwords is much more dangerous than it seems. A breach of one system can make you vulnerable across the board.

You can see if your email account has been caught up in a past breach here.

Use a password manager like Lastpass or 1password to set strong, unique passwords across all of your accounts.

 

Backup!

Even in 2020, people still lose data and documents they leave on the desktop of a laptop that breaks, or that is stolen.

Back up all of your data and documents regularly, using a service like Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox.

Regular backups ensure you will not lose important data, and can serve as a disaster recovery mechanism if you are affected by malware or a ransomware attack.

 

Use Two-Factor Authentication

Wherever you can, enable two-factor authentication on your accounts.

With two-factor authentication, even if a hacker breaches your password to a system, they still need a second device like your phone to be able to access data and systems.

 

Don’t trust public wifi

Data plans are cheap these days, and dealing with hackers and identity theft is not!

Don’t use public wifi to do anything sensitive, and don’t connect to networks unless you know and trust the owner of the network.

It’s very easy for a hacker to set up a network with a similar name to the café you are sitting in to try and trick you into using their network instead.

If you absolutely must use public wifi, make use of a VPN to secure your data, such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN

 

Install updates

Nothing in this list is going to keep you secure if you are still running Windows XP, or Android 7.

Regularly installing updates can be annoying, but it is a vital part of keeping your information secure, as these updates will come with patches to security issues that have been identified and fixed.

 

The Red Fox Group takes information security extremely seriously. That is why we are one of only 300 Australian businesses and organisations to have acquired ISO 27001:2013 certification.

Our data is hosted in secure data centres in Australia through Microsoft Azure, providing our clients with safety, security and scalability for their information.