digital footprintPeople who have been around the Web for a while know how difficult it can be to keep up with the sites you read, your friends on Facebook or Twitter, and the productive things you know you should be doing all at the same time. With so much of our time spent online nowadays, protecting our digital lives should be a top priority—but it’s hard to stay ahead of the hackers.

“Security has become a really hot topic, as it should be, with the recent data breaches in 2014 from big box companies such as Target, Kmart, and Home Depot” says Sean Connery CISSP, Chief Information Officer of Orbis Solutions. “People don’t think about cleaning digitally, but it’s pretty critical and important nowadays.”

 

To help protect your identity, experts suggest giving your online activities a thorough cleaning, and they recommend starting with your social media actions.

Any accounts that you no longer use should be shutdown. “One of the biggest reasons to get rid of those things is you just don’t know what’s happening on them,” says Connery. “For example, there could be a privacy setting change or the social media provider may now be different.”

For social media sites that you use often, be sure to review their privacy settings at least once a year (experts prefer more often) to make sure you understand any changes and know the best way of safe guarding your information.  You should also check out what your profiles look like to other viewers.

Unless you periodically take a look at the public view on Facebook, you don’t have a good idea what you look like to rest of the world. Taking the time to review who or what you follow online to make sure it all aligns with what you want to show the world.

Online passwords should be changed frequently. Many consumers were forced to change their passwords because of Heartbleed security flaw, but it shouldn’t take a big exposure to remind you to have difficult passwords and to change them often.

Along with changing passwords, take the time to update your security questions as well. Many of those security questions and answers were created years ago, and now much of that information can easily be found online.

Now is also a good time to back up your digital data. It’s recommended to back up your critical data daily and all other pertinent data on a quarterly basis whether it’s on a removable hard drive or in the cloud.

If you choose a physical back up, experts recommend storing it outside your business/home office or in a fire-proof safe.

“People often perform a backup and put the hard drive in their drawer,” says Connery.  “There’s a flood or a fire and the laptop goes and guess what the drive goes as well.”

Recap:

  • Shut down old accounts not in use
  • Check the privacy settings on your social media sites
  • Change your online passwords frequently
  • Update security questions
  • Back up your digital data

Are you looking for an experienced, trustworthy, and reliable, Managed IT Service Provider in Nevada who can design and manage a backup system that ensures your success?  Look to Orbis Solutions Inc. Call (702) 979.1861 Ext 2, or email us at info@orbissolutionsinc.com.