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Data Safety Instructions

Protecting data helps reduce the threat of cyber attacks which could harm your business or personal image. It is essential to understand and practice the best guidelines for protecting sensitive information. A breach of your personal information could result in fines and lawsuits that may have long-term consequences for you or your business.

Secure all your devices and files by using the use of a password. This simple step will stop hackers from gaining access to your information. Use strong passwords with complex combinations of numbers, letters and symbols. Change default passwords supplied by vendors to more secure ones whenever you can. Keep your anti-virus software up to date and conduct a security scan on your servers and computer.

Don’t send confidential or personally sensitive information via email. This includes Social Security numbers, bank account information passwords, passwords etc. Email is not secure and may be accessed by unfriendly parties.

Secure your network and data – Use strong encryption to protect your laptops, computers and portable storage devices. This will enable you to send information to third parties safely and protect data on the devices. It is also important to develop a plan to respond to cyber-attacks that includes who you will inform and what you will do (e.g. employees, customers, credit bureaus).

Make sure you have a backup of all your data – Keep offline copies of your critical data in different locations from where the primary copies are stored. This will help to prevent attackers from gaining access to your primary copy, or from the deletion of it.

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