In the bright, shiny year of 2015, it has become an understatement to say our lives in the western world are defined by technology more now than they have ever been.

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For many people, a screen is the first thing they look at when they wake up, and the last thing they check before they go to bed. The average person has the instant capacity to post an update to social media, look up a news article, share a selfie, contact a friend on the other side of the world, watch a film, or check their bank balance, all at the behest of a mere WiFi connection. In cities such as London, transport has become entirely electronic- buses and underground trains require the use of a debit card, oyster card, or smartphone, just to get from A to B. This technology makes our lives easier, yes, but also means we leave behind a digital footprint in a way never seen before, bringing the question of digital security to the very forefront of our minds.

Digital Security: Protecting your digital foorprint.

A digital footprint is all the data accumulated by your use of digital services. This permeates every level of our lives- even something as small as making dinner, for instance. You look up the route to the supermarket on Google maps, via your smartphone. You pay for the ingredients on your card. You call a taxi to take you home. You use a recipe online- and finally, post a delicious picture of your food on social media (complete with filter and #hashtags). All produce data which contributes to a breadcrumb trail, mapping out your purchases and interactions. Naturally, people are concerned about what exactly happens to this data, and how safe it is to leave such a digital shadow behind you. Indeed, our own cloud computing system is met with millions of security queries from new customers- what data we keep online, and how safely we store it, is a matter of hot debate in the digital security argument.

So how do I protect my digital security?

The truth is, whilst many people picture the cyber threat in the form of some kind of data-eating digital monster, lurking on your twitter feed in pursuit of your details, it simply isn’t true. Many of the horror stories stem in fact from the misuse of technology, rather than the fault of the tech itself. If you’re concerned about who is snooping on your social media activity, for instance, a quick check of your privacy settings will allow you to control exactly who is browsing your profile, ensuring a secure space for your info.

Most websites come fitted with ‘block’ options, for a little extra piece of mind. Another huge misconception about cyber security is that your information is always ‘hacked’, or physically taken from your network. In multiple cases it is instead ‘phished’, a process whereby a scammer disguises themselves as a trustworthy source and asks you for your details, relying on your trusting nature to happily hand them over. Horror! Using a reliable email account however, such as Gmail or Microsoft Office 365, can limit the amount of spam that ever reaches you. For that which does get through, try and trust your gut- if the email looks iffy, it probably is.

What about digital security and the cloud?

When it comes to the Cloud, the idea of storing your documents on a remote server can be understandably intimidating, perhaps causing you to wonder where on earth your data is being sent off to. Digital security cloud mishaps, whilst incredibly rare, are heavily over-publicised- was there anyone who didn’t feel sorry for the female celebrities who had personal images released without their consent last year?

Despite this, it’s important to remember there is nothing inherently more dangerous about Cloud storage. Selecting a unique password, to be changed regularly and kept private, is all that is necessary for you to do to maintain a secure space for your sensitive documents. Our tech team undertake daily health checks and regular updates of your software to ensure you’re operating on the very latest- and safest- program.

With new technology comes new risks. As with any worldly development, there will always be people looking to take advantage. To keep the villains at bay, however, we need only think of the benefits.  The ability to skype a relative who lives at the other end of the country, or share instant updates and pictures, mark us as a fully globalised society. We’re closer, faster, and better than ever before, our progression is rocketing- and our digital security is advancing with it.  Hoverboards by 2020, anyone?

If you have any security concerns about your business’ digital security,

contact our support desk today.