Why Data Protection Matters

Everyone should protect their information.

All too often, I hear comments from people along the lines of “I’m not worried about it.” or ” No one’s going to be interested in my network or computer.” As a support person that helps a lot of individuals, I hear this regularly. Whether you live in a large urban centre or way off in a quiet rural homestead, when it comes to your privacy and security, I don’t recommend letting it slide.

In 2018, Canada experienced the third highest occurrence of cyber incidents in the world. In 2019, several factors have recent studies suggesting both Canadian citizens and businesses will see the biggest uprise in Cyber related threats.

From the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security’s Executive Summary for 2018:

A few Key Judgements:

Cybercrime is the cyber threat most likely to affect Canadians and Canadian businesses in 2019.
Cybercrime is evolving as cybercriminals take advantage of growing online markets for illicit goods and services to maximize their profits.”

Cybercriminals tend to be opportunistic when looking for targets, exploiting both technical vulnerabilities and human error.
Cyber threat actors — of all sophistication levels — will increase the scale of their activities to steal large amounts of personal and commercial data.”

Data, such as intellectual property and Canadians’ personal information, are used for theft and resale, fraud, extortion, or espionage.

Canadians are very likely to encounter malicious online influence activity in 2019.

“Cyber threat actors are adopting more advanced methods, such as compromising hardware and software supply chains, making detection and attribution more difficult.”

You can read the full article here.

What does this mean to you? How can this possibly affect you, and what can you do to protect yourself?

There are options, and steps you can take to help guard your information.

  • A password manager will help you to organize and preserve your logins, and steer you away from using the same few passwords and variations. You don’t have to remember them anymore. You can read more about password security here.
  • Making sure you check for malware regularly.
  • You can also add another layer to your home network with your own personal router, and keep your Wifi locked with a strong password as well.
  • Be aware of requests for information. If you are not sure or don’t feel comfortable contact the company directly using a reliable source (never from the info provided by the original requester)

You may already have a personal router connected, and unknowingly have it set on the default password. How about your printer? Security Cameras?

These are some things to consider. While nothing will ever be 100% foolproof, your best line of defence is to implement the security measures available to you. Keep your eyes on your information, so someone else doesn’t.

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