9th October 2019 All Posts

Security Tips for Nurseries

Take a look at our 6 tips to help keep your data secure…

Update your computers and tablets regularly

One of the simplest, yet most effective ways to keep your computers secure against threats is to make sure you update them regularly. Cyber criminals rely on and specifically target people who do not update their software, especially as these updates contain security patches to vulnerabilities. For ease of use, you can set updates to install overnight if required.

Never reveal your password

Cyber criminals have a lot of tricks up their sleeves in trying to part people with their usernames and passwords. This could be anything from advanced ‘phishing’ emails, who send dodgy emails trying to get you to sign in, to simply looking over your shoulder and looking at what you type in! Always keep your usernames and passwords secure and if you think it has been compromised, change it immediately.

Install anti-virus solutions and keep them updated

If a virus or malware enters your computer, an anti-virus solution can be the last line of defence between your data and cyber criminals. Employing an effective anti-virus solution can stop malware and viruses from running at will. As criminals bring out new and advanced threats, a regularly updated anti-virus is essential in keeping them at bay.

Keep your computer physically secure

Always keep your computer in secure locations and never leave it unattended (and unlocked) in public places. Thieves are always on the lookout for easy pickings and laptops / tablets in clear view are prime targets. If you keep your data on your laptop, this could also mean your customer data has been compromised unless you…

Encrypt your computer

Encryption is a security method in which data is ‘scrambled’. In effect, if your computer or tablet is stolen and the thief does not know your password, they will be unable to view your data. Most Windows computers come with Bitlocker which is a free encryption tool that can be easily set up. However, if your customer data was on a laptop that was stolen this will be lost unless you…

Backup your data

Backups are in case your data is lost, corrupted or otherwise not retrievable. Best practice is to keep a back-up in a separate physical location such as your home (make sure its physically secure!) and to back-up at regular intervals. This will depend on how much data you have but a monthly back-up should probably be done at a minimum.

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Jaabeer works in the Information Security and Data Protection industry and is a Certified GDPR Practitioner . He has a wealth of experience working in the information technology, healthcare and energy industry as a Security Lead and Information Security Analyst.