Digital and online technologies are wonderful for making our lives more convenient. But they also have their own risks. The number of data breaches continues to increase and keeping personal information secure online is a major concern for both individuals and businesses. The best way to secure your personal information is to keep it as private as possible.

Idealy you should limit access to your data to those who require your information for work purposes should have access. It is also a good idea to backup your data, in case it is lost or damaged. Make sure to back up your data regularly and store them somewhere other than your main workplace. This will lessen the chance of losing important information in the event of an emergency.

Another tip is to only share the information you need. For instance, if a person requires access to three company files, don’t send them all of them. In the case of a breach of your data or leak giving more access increases the chance of having more data fall into the wrong hand. Also, ensure that you have devices that block unauthorised editing. For instance, if you’re working together on an Excel spreadsheet, there are programs that prevent any modifications to the data, which can prevent malicious or accidental modifications and ensure that the amounts remain exact.

It is also a good idea to keep your software up-to-date and also be aware of the security settings on your devices. If you’re participating in a virtual conference, be sure to look into the settings for screen sharing. This may reveal all of your open tabs and documents.