Q. Why do we need to keep our information secure?
A. If you are an Individual, there were 172,919 victims of IDENTITY FRAUD in the UK in 2016 compared with 140,00 in 2015, the highest number ever reported.. A small percentage of cases involved fictitious identities but most fraudsters assumed the identity of a real person after accessing their name, date of birth, address and bank details, that’s all, the frauds are largely carried out by accessing documentation most often, mail or other documents that have been thrown out. This can result in access to your bank, malicious use of your computer, purchases made in your name and destruction of your credit rating and later prosecutions for goods ordered in your name. So some ‘TopTips’ on how to protect yourself might be useful
If you are a Company, you have a clear responsibility to your clients, customers, subscribers, followers or however you would like to categorise them, to ensure their data is held securely, recent online data breaches have led to massive costs for companies including, but not limited to: Wonga 245k customers compromised, Tesco, 20k customer’s accounts stolen from, SAGE accounting, 280k customers details stolen, Kiddicare’s 800k customers details accessed, TalkTalk 157k customer’s accounts breached and Moonpig’s 3 million client account details exposed to data breach, thanks for that all for the price of a £3 birthday card. This will result in loss of customers, insurance claims, reputational damage, taking your business offline with all the attendant costs from loss of business.
Companies have also had major losses due to inadvertent disposal of documents, unauthorised access to their premises or storage sites, data rich documents getting into the general waste disposal process where they have been found, in vehicles, contractor’s premises, waste and landfill disposal sites.
Here are a few of our simple ‘TopTips’ to keep physical records secure,
just keep them for no longer than a couple of years. The only reason to keep these is in case you determine a mistake was made so you can go back and check. Otherwise, if you can access any of these documents online, shred them now. Homeowner-related documents should be kept as long as you own the home and maybe a year after you eventually sell it.
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