What Security Tips Can We Learn From Yahoo’s Data Leak?
What security tips can we learn from Yahoo’s data leak?
In one of the biggest data swipes in history, Yahoo has revealed that hackers accessed more than half a billion accounts in 2014, leaving many very concerned about their privacy. Everything from names and email addresses to phone numbers and dates of birth were taken from Yahoo’s encrypted servers and many are raising concerns about identity theft and the like.
The news, which arose last Thursday, is a sorely needed reminder about the importance of online security. Keeping yourself – and your company – safe online is one of the most vital things you can do online to avoid compromising your data.
There are a few things you can do to stop the threat of hackers. Here, we run you through how to maximise your internet security.
Encrypt your data
If you take online payments, it’s essential that you keep your customers’ data safe. Any ecommerce store worth its weight will have encryption on all credit card payments.
Put simply, encryption puts up a barrier around the credit card data so it can only be read by the merchant banks, not by any human eyes. It stops customers’ sensitive information falling into the wrong hands, and ensures the card number cannot be used for anything else.
Use a secure protocol
By now, you have heard of HTTP, but what happens when you append an ‘s’ to the end? HTTPS is the secure version of the most common data communication system, and signals that the website you’re on is safe. Just like encrypted credit card payments, HTTPS shows users that any data they enter on the site will stay on that server.
Change your passwords
You’ve heard it before and, more than ever, it’s important to change the passwords you use to access your emails, website and internet accounts. Studies show that most companies don’t change their passwords often enough.
Set a reminder to yourself to change passwords at least every year.
Update your operating systems
It’s simple: the longer an operating system has been around, the more time hackers have had to learn how to break into it. Just by keeping your system up to date, you’ll alleviate the risk.
As well as this, each new version of the software comes with a host of new security patches and anti-virus solutions that will keep you safer, longer.
Only give access to people who need it
The more people who have access to your systems, the greater the chance your private information will slip out. Consider giving access only to those who really need it, and sending reports on progress to people who don’t have access.