Whether you’re a solo navigator on the internet or you run your own business, keeping your data under wraps should always be a top concern. Data breaches happen–it’s an unfortunate fact of the time we live in. However, there are multiple measures you can take to greatly reduce your chances of one happening.

#1 Exercise Good Password Safety Tactics

Ensure that you or your employees are using strong passwords at every opportunity with upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Passwords should not be the same or similar across different websites–this is a common area for susceptibility that hackers frequently exploit. It is also a good practice to enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. 

#2 Keep Your Security Up-to-date

Stay safe by making sure all firewalls, antivirus software(s), and tools reflect the latest version available. Companies are constantly updating these technologies to stay ahead of hackers. Outdated versions can contain vulnerabilities that hackers can use to steal crucial information.

#3 Email Safety and Phishing

It isn’t uncommon for employees to receive emails impersonating a team member or from an unknown sender asking them to click a link or download a file. These practices are commonly used by phishers to compromise your data by downloading malicious software. If it seems suspicious, always connect with your IT Team. Chances are, your hunch is probably right.

#4 Security Training

At least once or twice a year, it’s a good practice to educate yourself or your team on the latest security measures and procedures. Many companies require yearly training to ensure employees remain compliant and understand how to protect themselves, the company, and their customers from hackers.

#5 Partner with a PCI Compliant Payment Processor

If you’re a business owner, one of your most important data concerns is that of your customers’ payment information. All payment processing companies should have thorough security measures in place to help reduce the theft of cardholder data. 

Many payment processors adhere to the strict guidelines set by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council. Every year, payment processors electing to adhere to their guidelines must fill out a lengthy application of various technical specifications proving their compliance. 

FortisPay is Level 1 PCI Compliant, the highest and most stringent. To understand more about PCI Compliance, visit their website here.