10 Habits That Threaten Business Data Security

10 Habits That Threaten Business Data Security

They’re just old habits. You likely do them without even thinking. But these 10 habits could be making your company vulnerable to hacks and other cyberattacks. Check out the slides below to learn more about these 10 risky behaviors.

1. Sharing Passwords

It may not seem like a big deal to share your password with a coworker that you’re close to, but even if that person is completely trustworthy, someone else may overhear you. You should always keep your passwords completely confidential to ensure that they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

2. Using Identical Passwords

More people are guilty of this than would care to admit it, but the fact remains that it’s simply easier to remember one password for all of your accounts. But using an identical password makes it easier to hack every account you have. If you need to, get a password app to keep all your passwords safe, and use a different one for every one of your accounts.

3. Using Unsecure Internet Connections

Getting work done at the airport or while you’re sitting at your local Starbucks may seem like a good idea at first, but if you have confidential information on your device, it is a serious data security risk. Public internet connections make your information accessible to anyone who has the know-how to access it. Only use secure internet connections to get work done, and save public connections for personal browsing purposes.

4. Not Purging Files

Some documents that contain sensitive information eventually become obsolete or outdated. When this occurs, it’s important that you purge the files from your system. The longer these documents are on your computer, the more likely it becomes that they’ll be compromised. If you need regular reminders to purge old documents, you can set file retention policies through eFileCabinet.

5. Using Unencrypted USB Drives

It’s quick and easy to grab a USB drive and save some files to it before you leave the office. But it’s important that you ensure the drive you’re using is encrypted. If you were to lose an unencrypted drive, anyone who found it could access the information you stored.  Read more on CPA Practice Advisor.