6 Tips for Protecting Financial Records from Cyberattacks This Summer

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Some of the biggest cyberattacks and data breaches happen in summer when office staff are on vacation. It’s vital that you protect your important records, such as tax and insurance information, when you’re away from work and enjoying the warm weather.

Keep Unauthorized Users at Bay

Control who accesses computers. Only trusted IT staff and key personnel should have administrative privileges. Laptops should be locked away to prevent theft.

 Protect Accounts with Multifactor Identification

A multifactor authentication that requires additional information beyond a password is a good idea. It creates extra layers of security to protect sensitive information and personally identifiable data. Change your passwords often.

Secure Mobile Devices

Mobile devices should be password protected and their data should be encrypted to safeguard confidential information and prevent unauthorized access to corporate networks. Security apps can also prevent information theft if a phone is on a public network. Make sure there are procedures in place to report stolen equipment.

Prevent Spyware and Virus Attacks

All computers should be equipped with antispyware and antivirus software, and be updated regularly. It’s a good idea to configure all software to install updates automatically.

Safeguard Your Networks

Hide and secure your Wi-Fi network by setting up your wireless access point or router so the network name isn’t broadcast. Protect access to the router with a password. Use a firewall to safeguard and encrypt information.

Backup Files

All critical documents, electronic spreadsheets, financial files, databases and accounts receivable files should be backed up on a regular basis. Set an automatic backup process and store copies of your files on the cloud or offsite.

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