Security threats could be used to gain financial gain, hurt businesses or individuals, or both. Hackers are always working to discover weaknesses and exploit them in order to gain access to high-value information.

Personal data security threats can range from physical break-ins at the company’s headquarters or a tornado that ruins a facility. They could also involve hackers gaining access to computers through the public WiFi network to a card device at the point of sale that can read the credit and debit card information of a customer. Social engineering attacks can also be used to trick employees into divulging sensitive data or allowing network security breaches due to known software flaws.

Some of the most frequent threats to your personal data security include an error in encryption that renders data unreadable; or the loss of hardware, for example an external drive, laptop or a password that is not protected. To combat these risks, you should keep up with your system’s updates, secure all of your files and devices and use a secure unique password, stay clear of public WiFi networks that aren’t secured, and delete any data you no more require.

You can also take practical steps to avoid security breaches when it comes to protecting your company’s personal data storage by locking your screen when you are away from your desk. Make use of a VPN (virtual private network) when connecting to the internet and only share your screen in an emergency situation. You can also establish access controls that limit what each employee can see, so payroll and HR staff see only their own personal data, and sales staff don’t have access to confidential customer information.

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