The data you produce and store on the systems and networks you employ is the most important thing there. Reinstalling operating systems and applications is never necessary, but user-created data cannot be duplicated. The results could be disastrous if it is misplaced or seen without permission. 

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Documents containing secrets, client or employee personal information, or financial data may be found on a company’s network. 

Applications on your phone, computer or other personal devices could reveal information about your bank accounts, credit cards, and social security number. In our digital age, Identity theft is a genuine threat in either scenario.

Protecting your security and privacy doesn’t have to be a complicated undertaking, yet being essential. Let’s examine a few tips on how to protect your important data.

  • Backup Your Data. If the data you create on your devices or network is backed up, you can recover it easily if something happens to it. Your pictures, documents, and other data are better protected with backups from malicious hacking, ransomware, and technical faults. For the best data security, make backups to an internet service, an external hard drive, or both.
  • Encrypt your Data. Data encryption isn’t only for tech gurus. With the tools like Trustifi available nowadays, anyone can encrypt emails and other types of information. Previously, geeks and mathematicians were the only ones who dabbled in encryption, but a lot has changed recently. Particularly, several freely accessible tools have simplified the process of encrypting and decrypting email and files. 
  • Keep Your Passwords Safe. One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from digital invasion is to use strong passwords and never use the same password across sites or devices. Use a secure password, Touch ID, or fingerprint to lock your phone. Use a password manager to keep track of all your password combinations and to keep them stored, strong, and distinct across your devices and accounts.
  • Install Software Updates. Software developers frequently provide updates to fix bugs and vulnerabilities as soon as they are found. Especially for operating systems, don’t put off software upgrades. Software that has not been updated may still have security issues that could expose you to a data or privacy violation. 
  • Install A firewall. Firewalls help prevent harmful software, viruses, or spyware from entering your system. Firewall protection is offered by many software providers, but hardware-based firewalls, such as those typically found in network routers, give a higher level of security.
  • Overwrite Deleted Files. Information on your devices is rarely destroyed permanently when it is deleted. Frequently, this data is still on the disk and can be recovered by a competent person such as a savvy criminal determined to find your personal information. Overwriting outdated data is the only effective way to ensure it is completely erased. 
  • Your Previous Computers’ Hard Disks Should Be Unreadable. Old computers can reveal a lot of information, but you can keep your private information safe by wiping the hard drives clean before throwing them away. Make sure the hard disks on older computers are unreadable. After backing up your data and moving the files to another location, you should empty the disk by shredding it, cleaning it magnetically, or wiping it clean using any software. Also, try to delete obsolete backup tapes and disks from your computers.