Protecting Your Data in the Information Age

Your identity and information are your greatest assets. So why wouldn’t you protect them at all cost? The Internet can be a dangerous place: hackers and scammers are constantly bombarding Internet users. According to an Identity Theft information site, approximately 15 million United States residents have their identities stolen and used fraudulently each year. Don’t be one of those 15 million—protect yourself from identity theft! Protect your data! 

There are several ways in which you can save yourself from the devastation of a stolen identity, and we’ve got some tips for you.  

Protecting your data on your mobile device

In the age of Internet shopping and mobile payment methods, protecting important data is even harder—but it is imperative. Making sure that your device software is always up to date will ensure that your security features are working at their best; and, while it may be a hassle, completely logging out of a session in which you have submitted personal information is a great way of ensuring safety. 

Above all, treat your phone or mobile device like a computer, backing up important files and getting device insurance when needed.  You should also be familiar with the ways in which you can remotely erase the data on your device in the event that it gets stolen. 

Protecting your data on your desktop and laptop

In your home, you keep your valuables locked away in the event of a burglary. Why not do the same with your computer files? It is always good to have a backup plan, so just in case your antivirus software or security site fails to do its job, you can still have your data protected and on lockdown. Most times you already have the resources—look into built-in abilities to password protect documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and more.

How do you know which files should be on lockdown? We suggest you enlist the help of Identity Finder 5.0 or similar software; this tool scans your system for user-specific and sensitive data and will offer options such as deletion and encryption to protect the data. 

Don’t forget that while all these processes will help you protect your data and your identity, the best way to ensure no one has access to your personal data is to destroy it. Data that is easiest to protect is data that does not exist. Shred more, worry less!

Call us today or visit our website and we can get you set up. Call (405) 478-1234.