It is the information Wild West out in virtual space right now. Numbers and data and cash and private photos and emails are flying everywhere. Depending on how old you are and what industry you’re in, you may not concern yourself too much with these goings-on, but a strange world is going to encroach, and you’re going to have to know how to deal with it.
To this end, the best way to make sure that your future is clear is to have a lock down on your past, and this means that private information stays private, both for you and your clients. Consider the following information when dealing with privacy issues.
What Needs To Stay Private?
Classic examples – email addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers. Modern examples – passwords, sent emails, communication over social networks, recordings of phone calls. If you ever catch yourself doing or saying something and think, ‘this would not be great if certain people knew’, then you should probably check what you’re doing. Read the news about security breaches and you’ll see what kinds of disasters can happen out there in the information world.
What Happens To Equipment that Gets Tossed?
So one way to keep much of your private information private is by destroying old records and old hardware with your data on it. You could just chuck it in a garbage can, but that is a hacker’s dream of heaven. It’s smarter to hire a firm that specializes in IT and then you can rest easy knowing that your information and the information of your clients has been obliterated cleanly, and sometimes even recycled properly, depending on the company that you choose to work with.
Be Careful What You Post
To keep things private, never post anything that’s sensitive, even if you plan on taking it down later. People use screenshot software and once there’s a photo of those pixels, that’s it. Many careers have been ruined, and many businesses have failed because they thought they could take information or even photos down at a later point.
Separate Business and Personal Accounts
One way to keep privacy intact as well is to separate personal and business accounts. Business materials are often part of public record and can be searched if necessary, where personal ones are generally protected. Keep that in mind when communicating with people.
Tie Up Loose Data Ends Regularly
If you have loose files in shared cloud drives, clean up the ones you don’t need on a regular basis. Those files can sometimes have information on them that you aren’t aware of, and people who get a hold of them can potentially find out things you don’t want them to see.