ONLINE PRIVACY AND SECURITY – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Though the importance of online privacy and security of data has been instilled in us often, most individuals have given a deaf ear to it. In a  country like the U.S, cyber fraud is one of the fastest-growing scams in the category of crime.

Do you think that dumping your PC with cookies and installing anti-virus software makes your data entirely secure?

No.

Nowadays, it has become a common practice for individuals to store their data and card details on various websites. This makes the usage on such websites more accessible and quicker. While some websites store their customer’s data on a highly secure platform, there exist a lot of sites from which data can be easily hacked. On the other hand, some websites misuse the data by selling it to third parties.

We give our details/payment details on sites without knowing whether it is safe or not, and it ends up getting misused. Now more than ever, as our lifestyle and day to day routine work grow exponentially with the Internet and technology, We need to take personal action to protect our online freedom.

 MEASURES TO PROTECT ONLINE PRIVACY AND SECURITY OF DATA:

Online privacy and security is not only a matter of serious concern for individuals but companies as well. Cybersecurity helps the business to build trust among their clients and employees. It has been one of the strategies in building the reputation in the market and also spreading the awareness of minimizing the cyber risk and maximizing customer’s trust. Here are some of the measures and tips to protect your business and its data.

1. Protect it while you Collect it:

While individuals should do proper research about a company before giving their details on its website, it is essential for the companies to have a highly secure database so that individuals trust them in giving their details. This also helps companies to increase their customer base.

2. Keep track of your data

Companies should restrict customer data access to a few employees as this can help in easily monitoring the utilization of such data, thus preventing any form of misuse.

3. Never fail to think from the hacker’s shoe

Every company should also analyze various ways by which their data can be hacked and should devise a solution for each issue . The company should always be cautious and store the data with enough layers of protection

4. Dont underestimate the power of a common threat:

Many start-up businesses fail to realize that they are the most targeted ones by hackers. A survey shows that 85% of the grooming businesses don’t pay much attention to cybercrimes. They think that hackers mainly attack the large companies as the small businesses don’t have any valuable information and they end up compromising on having a secure platform for the data, thus losing hundreds and thousands of dollars to cybercriminals.

5. SET up a firewall:

‘The easier it is to crack the data, the more danger you are in.’

Spam filters will weed out malware and phishing scams — many of which are aimed directly at businesses — keeping your email safer and easier to use. Employ a firewall to keep criminals out and sensitive data in.

6. Earn your stakeholder’s confidence

You should give an assurance to your people that they are in a secure environment, That their personal information is not disclosed in anyways to outsiders. You can also mention the procedures and precautions you use to protect the data at the time of joining the work. This helps your organization to gain confidence from employees and trust from your customers.

7. Scan all the devices:

Before you insert any new tool, be it USB or a Pendrive, make sure it doesn’t have any virus. Scan the device before you use them, else, even a protection software cannot stop a virus from entering your system

8. Updating is significant:

Do you know why it is difficult to hack an ios device? Because it updates to a new version frequently and each version keeps fixing all possible bugs and errors and also brings an add on a security feature

Similarly, it is our responsibility to upgrade to the latest version of the anti-virus software we use and never procrastinate such upgrading. This is because, the more layer you add in protecting your privacy, the more distant you are from the attackers.

9. Online privacy and security on all devices

Devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops contain sensitive information. These are the devices that most of the standard companies and employees use at their workplace. In case this device is stolen or lost; the rightful owner should make sure that the information, which is in the device is immediately deleted since all files are stored on the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere. This will prevent such information from being misused in the hands of the wrong people.

10. Educate your employees :

Mostly Employees handle the data of the customers. Many organization provides a separate laptop to its employees. So it is the employees’ responsibility to complain about any issue with the device they are handling.

Conclusion

Individual online data privacy has been a matter of public concern over the last decade. The phenomenal growth of the Internet has spawned several new concerns about protecting the privacy of individuals. It is a shared responsibility to protect internet privacy. As we all know, Online data breaches are not something new to us. But in recent times the damage it causes, and the risk of reaching us in increased drastically.

Security and privacy both are important for every individual. Fifteen years ago, all the IT teams of the company started inoculating anti-virus software on our desktop computers. Now the battle has shifted to the cloud, and we have to begin walling off our digital communications, much of which is now mobile. The more people that inoculate themselves from malware, spear-phishing attacks, or hacker intrusions, the safer we all are.

Moreover, I believe that we’ll see more companies become proactive about improving customer trust and transparency around cybersecurity and data protection, aiming to minimize the “soft” costs of breaches that, in today’s security environment, are inevitable.

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