Keeping Your Data Safe With Teleran
Keep your information safe
In the past, the most vulnerable part of your world was your home. This was where your possessions were kept, and you let your guard down. While this still represents a huge portion of your life, the information age has made it all too easy to get at something just as vital with far less visibility- Your information. Companies like Teleran work to make individuals and corporations information safe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some simple tricks to help keep yourself safe. Identity theft can ruin your good name, build up more debt than you know what to do with, and complicate your life. Taking responsibility and preventing breaches of security can save you time, hassle, money, and stress.
Layered protection, both hardware and software
One of the first steps you can take is a form of triage. Determine what data is most valuable and accessed most often. That form of data can receive a great deal of protection, as this is the most important. All data should be kept safe, but concentrating heavier protection on the most vital information optimizes your resources. This protection can include encryption, using various forms of storage, and of course restricting access either physically, through identification, authorization, passwords, or any combination of such. Using several forms of protection also allows for more security. If any one layer of protection fails, having several can deter those trying to access it, or at the least provide time for appropriate personnel to take action.
Beginning with the physical aspect, keep the media in a secure location where access is either unlikely or difficult. Keeping a low profile can assist as well. Not advertising publicly where your information is physically stored prevents some from finding it. If you use backup power supplies or other tell-tale clues, ensure that if something goes wrong in your area, something as simple as having lights on doesn’t attract attention. Furthermore, restrict access to the physical location as much as is reasonable. If the media does not have to be moved or touched regularly, keep it as secure as you can. If access is required, then closely monitor access and keep those able to do so few. More users create more opportunities for a breach.
For software prevention, security often includes firewalls preventing access to various caches of information, using spyware detection constantly, and virus-protection software doing continual searches. Such is vital for any networked database, as viruses and malware do not necessarily require a person to initiate a breach. The program must be detected as quickly as possible and stopped before your information is lost or corrupted.
Using authorized access and encryption can further isolate information from those not allowed to see it. Consider them a series of locked doors. Gaining the correct keys or picking the locks to each door between yourself and the information can take time if you don’t have them already. Another good practice is to change access codes regularly. If one code is discovered, having them change to some other code regularly can keep that breach from being a danger for long. Changing passcodes should begin at instillation and be a common practice every few weeks. Many groups like Teleran have systems that monitor your data and the use of it to ensure not only against breaches, but unusual activity. Alarms and prevention of access can be vital, and can be done automatically as a pre-emptive measure.
Secure access is vital
Data can be stored, but is eventually needed. When communicating from one program to another be sure the information that must be kept safe is encrypted. Using a private network is a benefit, but do not allow your information to be transmitted from one place to another without considering somebody intercepting it. A public network typically has poor security, so be sure that any time you use one your systems encrypt the data leaving one point, and have appropriate decryption at the receiving location. If the data is intercepted, it should be unusable. Again, use tiered levels of security for your information. Inconsequential information such as a lunch menu does not need the same level of caution as a financial statement. Prioritizing information security helps to prevent a security bottleneck. If all information is heavily encrypted and secured, then operations can be slowed significantly as systems try to keep up with the demands of security. Those authorized to access the information should be able to in a reasonable amount of time.
A final note on security- redundancy. Just as security is safer with several levels of information, keep important files backed up in a secure location as well. Offsite storage in a safe location can be invaluable in case of a breach or corruption of the files. Using a backup can restore lost or changed information. Having a reliable data storage option can allow you to recover after a breach, resume operation after an emergency, or help you quickly start a new location using a trusted source for the basic information you need.