25 May 2020

What is Your Data Protection Strategy?

    How to Protect Your Data

    Dwelling on the worst-case scenario? That is never a good idea. Preparing for the best outcome in the event of the worst-case scenario? Now that is a brilliant business move.

    Many businesses are operating under a false sense of security. Without routine modifications and maintenance, an organization may be severely impacted by a harmful data breach.

    How To Revise Your Organization’s Data Strategy

    Step One: Prioritize

    Determine the most imperative and sensitive forms of data stored by your business. This will help you to prioritize your storage needs. You may be wasting space on irrelevant information or ignoring critical records.

    Step Two: Schedule

    You now know what data needs to be regularly backed up. Your IT team should proceed to adjust your periodic backups to include all necessary information.

    Step Three: Test

    Your IT team is responsible for performing frequent tests to ensure that your strategy will work in the event of a disaster.

    Why Your Storage Location Matters

    Do you know where your data is stored? A major measure in your organization’s data plan is the location of the information. You may copy data to a secure form of media and store it on-site. Or, you may send your files via the cloud to a database that is off-site.

    Off-site storage protects against all threats – both physical and digital. A fire could engulf your office or a pipe could burst and destroy your equipment. While hardware can be replaced, lost data can never be salvaged. This is a vital consideration when revising your strategy.

    Cyber threats are intensifying and small businesses are most at risk. Careful, considerate and security-minded planning is the best way to mitigate the chances of your organization falling victim to a data disaster. If you wish to protect your valuable investment and all of its data, Contact Us to speak to a cyber-security expert. 

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    11 May 2020

    How to be an Anonymous Web Browser

      Browse the Web Anonymously, Safely

      Surfing the web via an anonymous web browser should become more of a priority. Posing a query to Google is something most people do multiple times a day. Every keystroke constructs your online persona. Without warning, a cybercriminal can hijack this information and reek havoc on your device.

      Using public access points (such as free Wi-Fi in an airport) can be a blatant gateway to infringement of your private data. However, a breach can occur in any location if you are not implementing proper security measures.

      Using a VPN

      A virtual private network (VPN) is a tool used to encrypt information such as your browsing history, your email messages, and your online banking password. A VPN ensures that your connection is continuously private and safe from prying eyes. VPNs work across all devices from your smartphone to your home computer.

      Choosing a VPN

      VPN services are available from online providers for a low monthly fee. Choosing a great service comes down to meeting your individual needs. An easy-to-navigate interface is important for most users. Scan the reviews for customer service, as support is essential. Speed, bandwidth and device compatibility are not to be overlooked.

      Staying Safe In Public

      Even with a VPN or other form of device protection, there is always a slight chance of susceptibility. Those who frequently travel or use public connections should always take precautions. Here are our top tips for staying safe while using a precarious network:

      • Ask the staff for the correct name and spelling of the Wi-Fi network. Some fraudsters can create similar-looking networks that patrons can accidentally access. One letter or number may be missing from the deceptive network name in order to trick users into thinking that they are using the trusted connection. Once they have joined, their private information is up for grabs.
      • Don’t perform any tasks of a sensitive nature – such as filling out an application that requires your Social Insurance Number or logging in to your online banking.
      • Make sure that file sharing is switched off during your public browsing session.

      The Internet provides many conveniences that make our lives easier. The right tools and a security-first mindset can help stop intruders from snooping through our online lives – allowing us to browse confidently and securely. If you have any questions related to using an Anonymous Web Browser please Contact Us to learn more. 

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