You know it’s important to protect your data so here are some crucial tips to avoid getting hacked.
Purge and delete any data that is not being used today. No need to keep data that isn’t needed which can lead to unnecessary attention from a malicious hacker. Essentially shred your electronic data as you would your confidential hard copies.
Take all your unused hard drives and USB drives to be properly purged and destroyed. There are several companies that will permanently delete the data and recycle your drives environmentally. Or you can find instructions online on how to do it yourself - just ask google.
Create and adhere to an internal Password Policy. Here's ours:
Passwords must meet complexity requirements (high) where the minimum password Length is 8 characters. Passwords must be changed every 12 months and cannot be from the previous 3 passwords. Each user will have a unique user account + password so no 2 users will share an account. This keeps track of access levels and changes in staff and logging who has done what.
In addition always be aware. Don’t open emails or attachments from unconfirmed senders. If it looks questionable then delete the message. Make sure your operating system is up-to-date with the latest patches and updates. Install a good antivirus/anti-malware software on all your computers.
There is always the possibility of being hacked even if you follow these tips. Hackers are clever and are always coming up with new ways to find vulnerabilities so stay alert and aware.
Finally look to your IT team or vendor for a thorough plan to do what you can to circumvent malicious activity.