Today, the 28th of January, is the EU’s Data Protection Day.
How to Celebrate?
- On the 28th January, several businesses are holding hold tutorials and encouraging employees to talk about problems of online security, privacy, and data protection.
- Destroy any paperwork containing personal information that you no longer need.
- Talk to your family and colleagues about the importance of not giving their personal information to people unless they really need it.
Ways you can help you and your family.
- Check all your social media settings. Update your privacy settings. Always log out of sites when you have finished. Because if you lose your phone and you’ve not logged out, your personal data is at risk.
- Ensure that any PC or laptop software is up to date with new security updates.
- Change all your passwords for banking, social media, shopping sites etc. Use a range of symbols, numbers, upper- and lower-case letters this will make your password stronger.
Things you can do to help your business.
- Make sure all your staff are aware of Data Protection
- Ensure they don’t give out any personal details without permission, as they could be fined if they’ve deliberately given out anyone’s personal information.
- Update your passwords on a regular basis and use a strong password. Alternatively, you could use one-time password authentication, as this will help to stop people from accessing your details.
- Never click links on emails that ask for your personal details, credit card details or any passwords.
- Install a firewall and virus-checking on your computers, and ensure that your operating system is set up to receive automatic updates and download the latest security updates.
- Only allow your staff access to the information they need to do their job and don’t let them share passwords.
- Make sure all personal information held electronically is encrypted as it would cause damage or distress if it were lost or stolen.
- Back-up your computer system regularly and keep the back-up in a separate place so that if you lose your computers, you don’t lose the information.
- Shred all your Confidential paper waste.
“The ICO is the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights”. Their responsibility is to uphold information rights in the public interest. The ICO can help you with Data Protection information. Visit www.ico.co.uk