Nowadays there’s hardly a job left anymore that doesn’t involve computers and data. And wherever data is involved there is always a certain risk involved. Granted, personal Facebook passwords aren’t as threatened as the information stored by an insurance firm for example, maintaining privacy security is something important either way.
While for an individual the biggest risk is usually no more than a hacked Facebook page, at worst a hacked e-mail account, bigger companies have a fair bit to lose if they neglect their privacy protection. Online security in particular is a major thing for most companies nowadays. With a black market for most client data or credit card information out there, everybody has something to lose.
Now, in order to keep themselves safe from this kind of risk, there is a number of different measures that can be taken. As a rule, protecting computer systems against outside access can eliminate most of the immediate threats. Of course, there is always the risk of an employee stealing and selling data, however preventing that kind of theft is much simpler than defending against online threats.
Hackers will go to great lengths to acquire information that is sellable, which, nowadays, is very nearly any kind of personal or payment information is sellable. That means that privacy security becomes more important nearly every day. That’s proven every time another data scandal comes to
light because someone hacked a previously ‘secure’ database-and that happens more often than
anyone could be comfortable with.
However, all of that does not in any way reduce the importance of data protection on a personal level. The steps are amazingly simple, yet many people don’t take them anyway. When choosing login-details, steering clear of the stereotypical ‘Password123’ is the first step. However, just choosing a secure password doesn’t quite do it anymore-it should also be changed regularly and not used as a ‘one-for-all’. The same way a pin code shouldn’t be kept with the card it belongs to.
Using private passwords in the workplace is also a no-no as far as data security is concerned-a pets name or a birthday are far too easy to guess by third parties. Most employers will advise against choosing that kind anyway, and it is very smart to listen.
For the most part it is easy steps that aren’t take due to a feeling of comfort and safety-while paranoia isn’t a good thing either, being somewhat wary when choosing passwords protecting sensitive data is a must in this day and age.