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Data theft: Lucrative business for hackers

Hardly a day goes by without a confidential data leak dominating the headlines. Data leaks, also known as data theft, are a huge problem for data security, and the damage done to any business, regardless of size or industry, can be severe. From declining sales to a damaged reputation or massive financial penalties to crippling lawsuits, it’s a threat every business needs to protect itself from.

Data is the new gold. Accordingly, the trade with personal as well as company-related data has been a lucrative business for years, which is constantly developing and growing strongly. Whether it’s online shopping or at work, everyone just wants to get to the most valuable thing about you – your data.

Here you can see the most important protective measures and figures on this topic:

How to protect yourself from data theft

  1. Be careful with phishing emails: Be careful when opening unknown file attachments. Malicious programs are often spread via such documents. Be sure to scan file attachments and suspicious documents for viruses.
  2. Install an anti-virus scanner and updates: Make sure to install anti-virus programs. Check daily whether updates are available for the operating system, browser and virus protection program.
  3. Use secure passwords: A mix of at least eight digits, letters and special characters is considered a secure password. Ideally, passwords should only be used once and changed at regular intervals.
  4. Use multi-factor authentication: “Twice secured is better”. Set up multi-factor authentication. This secures your account not only with your username or email and associated password, but with additional verification methods.
  5. Download apps only from official sources: Apps should only be downloaded from the official download stores of the major providers. Check what permissions an app requires. If the permissions are not related to the actual function of the app, it is best to avoid using the app.
  6. Watch out in the public WiFi: Restrict yourself in the open WiFi only to simple surfing on the Internet. Do not log in anywhere, do not enter any passwords. Use secure, encrypted websites – identified by “https” in the browser address bar and usually by a green padlock. Or set up an encrypted VPN connection.
  7. Data backup: Back up your data regularly in short intervals, either on an external data carrier, or in a cloud. The data carrier should be password-protected and encrypted.

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