You probably weren’t aware of this national holiday, but January 28th was Data Privacy Day. Although many holidays like this are overlooked, if you store information electronically or use any electronic devices this holiday can remind you to consider your data security. Recently more and more businesses and individuals are storing their information electronically through cloud-based programs and applications. As a result, data security is becoming a big concern for many businesses and individuals. We hope that you use this information to properly care for your files, but if you do have a breach we’ll battle anyone that is improperly using your data.
Here are some tips on what you can do to ensure your electronic data is secured:
- Revisit account and privacy settings for all accounts, including social media, email, mobile applications, and web browsers
- Close accounts that you no longer use
- Clean-up any accounts and files that you no longer use
- Ensure you have an updated anti-malware software installed on your devices
- Change your passwords on a regular basis, and make sure you have a different and unique password for each your accounts
- Use a two-factor authentication system for accounts when possible
- Set up a virtual private network (VPN) to control what information you share with your internet provider
- Set security updates to install automatically on your devices
- Read the privacy policies for mobile applications and devices
- Know the dollar value of your data
Here at Lardiere McNair we work to ensure that our clients’ data is completely safe and secure. We are also here for you if you think you or your business has been the victim of a data breach. Give us a call to learn what your rights and responsibilities are when it comes to electronically storing clients’ or customers’ data and what can happen if that data does get breached.
Alexandria Nagel is a Law Clerk at Lardiere McNair, LLC. To read more about our firm, please visit www.lmcounsel.com.
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