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Most confidential data like your personal information is stored in a secure database when you submit it online, but the recent issue with Equifax shows even companies with multiple firewalls and security measures can be vulnerable at times. Hackers are becoming so sophisticated and technically savvy, that sometimes it’s out of your control and your information may be compromised not because you weren’t prepared, but rather because those in which you trusted your information were breached.
So what should we do? Like our health, we should periodically test and check our information for early detection and signs of something amiss. Also have a plan in case you are victimized.
Here are some points to consider:
1) Check your bank accounts or credit card. Many hackers start with a penny or small transaction to validate your information. If you see unrecognized small transactions, call the bank.
2) Make sure your employees are trained not to give information to someone without first confirming their identity, and test this process on a regular basis. If it’s very sensitive information, you should consider having two layers of approval before giving out the information. Have a procedure in place!
3) Stay current on updated software versions for your websites and devices. Many of these patches and updates are for security reasons.
4) Backup your important data in case you need to recover it. If your server is breached, sometimes it’s very hard to figure out where those programs are installed. You may need to take the server offline right away in order to avoid any further damage.
5) Scan every computer in your office for malware on a regular basis.