15 March 2017
The Internet has changed our lives in so many positive ways, but along with the good inevitably comes the bad. Having so much of our personal data available online, such as personal files, client information and bank account details leaves us vulnerable to theft of this data.
An unprotected computer is exposed to the risk of hacking or infection with malware within seconds of being connected to the Internet.
“As we’ve come to realize, the idea that security starts and ends with the purchase of a prepackaged firewall is simply misguided.” Art Wittmann
Whether your business or organisation is large or small, the importance of data security is the same, because if you suffer a data breach, you could be liable for a hefty fine. Consumers are put at risk, and your confidential information could get into the hands of your competitors. So if you want to keep the good reputation that you’ve worked so hard to achieve, your clients need to know that they can trust you implicitly with their personal information.
So always make sure you:
1. Install the latest updates to protect against bugs
2. Use antivirus software to protect data from malware
3. Install a firewall to ensure incoming and outgoing communications are genuine
4. Use secure passwords and change them frequently
Crushing old computers and retired tech devices just isn’t good enough. Responsible computer recycling is vital, if you want to keep your organisational secrets to yourself and your clients’ data secure. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration, to ensure ultimate data security. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.