How do you keep your personal data safe and secure?

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How do you keep your personal data safe and secure?

Last week we read an interesting article in the Dutch newspaper which indicated that security threads are often caused by a lack of clear security rules. Shocking fact was that the majority of employees play an important role in causing potential security leaks. Accidentally or on purpose: by forwarding emails and documents to the wrong recipients or by using weak passwords, employees can cause a lot of harm. 

So here is a question for you: 'How well do you take care of sensitive company data and how well do you manage your personal data?" To help you out, we have summed up a few security risks and shared some tips on how to tackle them. Use it to your advantage!

WhatsApp 

How often do you use WhatsApp for work related things? Do you, for example have a WhatsApp group with your colleagues? You have to be aware that the groups you have created in WhatsApp will be saved forever (unless you delete them). The same goes for images, documents and phone numbers. WhatsApp is not GDPR proof. The risk of a data breach is therefore higher than using a system that is regulated and GDPR proof. 

Google and Facebook know what your next step will be

Google and Facebook know very well what you are doing. By monitoring search terms on Google, the posts you like and personal information you share will be saved. For example, these data collectors know exactly which music you like, which clothes you wear, what your favourite food is and even if you are pregnant. Our advice? Go to your Facebook account settings, see what is stored about you and adjust your settings if necessary. Try browsing Google in the incognito mode, to avoid the storage of unnecessary cookies about you that might predict your behaviour.

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Automatically save your passwords 

Isn’t it great when your browser offers to automatically save your passwords for all kinds of websites? Of course you gladly agree to use this service, but did you know that it is actually not safe? Someone with bad intentions can easily access your passwords, because the passwords are not encrypted. Try a program that encrypts passwords in a secure place, such as Dashlane, 1Password or LastPass and while you are looking into that: why not immediately change your current passwords? If you periodically change your passwords, you will reduce the chance of getting your information stolen. 

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What does Plek do to guarantee the security of its platform?

We regularly execute a pen test: we invite ethical hackers to test our software for security. So far, they have never succeeded in hacking Plek. Mission accomplished! Plek is hosted securely and professionally in the Netherlands at an ISO27001, NEN7510 and ISAE3402 certified hosting party. Our platform is fully GDPR proof and is therefore an excellent complete and user-friendly alternative to WhatsApp. 

So leaves us one question: which security risks are you going to tackle today?