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3 Tips to Keep Your Data Safe

3 Tips to Keep Your Data Safe

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Data breaches occur every 39 seconds.

When criminals break into your files, the outcome could be devastating. Financial losses, damage to reputation, legal consequences and compromised personal and sensitive information of individuals is typical. Organizations typically invest in cybersecurity measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of data breaches to businesses, but what about your personal information?

Josh Huhmann, an IT-Network Specialist Instructor with Chippewa Valley Technical College, said it's important to take some small steps that make a huge difference to protect your data.

  1. Enable 2-factor authentication whenever possible, Huhmann said. Two-factor authentication is a security system that requires two separate, distinct forms of identification to access something. Email or social media applications typically will offer 2-factor authentication. Take them up on it when it's offered.
  2. Use a password manager so you can let the application do the work. Huhmann recommends Bitwarden. "It's free and works great," he said. That's all the recommendation we need.
  3. Use unique passwords on every account you have. "Number two is what makes this possible," he said. And don't use your pets' names or birthdates in your password. That's a no-no.

Protect your data and save yourself a headache or more.

If you're interested in being a cybersecurity guru, consider our IT - Data Analytics Specialist program.

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