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How to Keep Your Customer Data Secure

By Nextrio on December 21st, 2012 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Online security is a major concern for any business, but how do you protect your customers’ information from a myriad of online hazards?  According to ComputerEconomics.com, malware attacks cost an estimated $13.3 billion in 2006 alone.  Fortunately, you can take steps to keep both your employees and your customers’ information safe with these tips below:

Secure your Connection

SSL certificates are issued by an authorized web services company.  This SSL certificate verifies your organization and encrypts information sent to and from your server.  However, SSL certificates are only a small part of PCI (payment card industry) compliance.  PCI guidelines also require organizations to protect stored customer information and prevent unauthorized access.

Manage Customer Information

Legal restrictions may require you to store customer information and protect it from unauthorized access for a finite period of time.  Fortunately, outsourcing data storage and backups can help you control overhead costs without compromising security, since all of the equipment and software is maintained by third-party IT service providers.

Follow General Security Tips

Simple passwords are one of the easiest ways to compromise security for both business end-users and consumers.  After a 2010 hack on the RockYou website released 32 million passwords, studies showed that as much as 20% of users chose from a small pool of only 5,000 passwords, some of the most common passwords being variations of “123456789” and first names.  Instituting a password policy for employees and consumer accounts is a simple way to avoid potential trouble.

 

Nextrio is an award-winning IT organization specializing in a wide range of IT management services, including desktop virtualization, cloud computing, data security, online backups, and more.  Nextrio is based out of Tucson, AZ, and we serve more than 1,000 SMBs throughout the Southwest.  Let us design customized IT solutions for your business and call (520) 545-7100 or contact us online today.