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Beware Of Your Personal Data Stored Online

The risks of data loss grow with more and more people working outside of your network. Therefore, the need to protect your business roadmap, your product database, your customer files and your reputation is important now, more than ever.

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Aiming to raise awareness and promote data protection practices, top cyber security experts have advised there is a serious need to be alert and aware about how data is collected, used and shared and what steps need to be taken to better manage personal information.

“Be careful about what information you send via email. Ask yourself, could there be an implication if someone was to access this information,” said Sunil Sharma, Managing Director – Sales, India and SAARC, Sophos.

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“The risks of data loss grow with more and more people working outside of your network. Therefore, the need to protect your business roadmap, your product database, your customer files and your reputation is important now, more than ever,” Sharma told IANS on the ocassion of Data Privacy Day that aims to empower individuals and encourage businesses to respect privacy and safeguard data.

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“Data Privacy Day is a timely reminder for organisations that maintaining privacy of customers and employees data is a continuous work and must be defended against ever-evolving cyber threats,” added Surendra Singh, Country Director – Indian and SAARC, Forcepoint.

“Cybersecurity needs to be more than skin-deep, and in order to outpace the evolution of attacks, must look to adopt differentiated approach- such as behaviour based cybersecurity — to stop breaches before they occur,” Singh added. (IANS)

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10 Things to Know About Data Privacy

Data breaches carried out by hackers are expected to go up 22 percent annually, exposing some 146 billion records

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A French soldier watches code lines on his computer during the International Cybersecurity forum in Lille, northern France, Jan. 23, 2018. VOA

From hackers exposing private information online to the handling of users’ data by internet giants, online privacy has become a matter of growing concern for countries, companies and people alike.

On Monday, countries around the world marked Data Privacy Day, also known as Data Protection Day — an initiative to raise awareness of internet safety issues.

Here are 10 facts about online privacy:

* Less than 60 percent of countries have laws to secure the protection of data and privacy.

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A data theft alert is displayed on a “threat spiral” at the ProtectWise booth during the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas, July 26, 2017. VOA

* Europe’s data protection regulators have received more than 95,000 complaints about possible data breaches since the adoption of a landmark EU privacy law in May.

* More than one in two respondents to a 2018 global survey by pollster CIGI-Ipsos said they had grown more concerned about their online privacy compared to the previous year.

* Almost 40 percent of respondents to another survey by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said they did not know how to protect themselves from cybercrime.

* A survey of tech professionals by security key maker Yubico suggested experts might not live up to safety standards. It found almost 70 percent of respondents shared passwords with colleagues.

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A specialist works at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., Sept. 9, 2014. (VOA)

* More than half reused an average of five passwords across their work and personal accounts.

* About 4 percent of people targeted by an email phishing campaign would click on it.

* In 2017, almost 17 million U.S. consumers experienced identity fraud — the unauthorized use of personal information, such as credit card data, for financial gain.

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* Data breaches carried out by hackers are expected to go up 22 percent annually, exposing some 146 billion records, including personal information such as name, address and credit card numbers by 2023.

* Data breaches cost companies worldwide almost $4 million on average for every incident. (VOA)