Data. We send and receive so much of it on a daily basis that we almost don’t think about it anymore. As long as it reaches its destination, we don’t think about what happens to it in-between, or even consider who may have access to it. We’re told to protect our personal data in a variety of ways, whether that be shredding documents containing our bank details, or shielding our pin from prying eyes when using our debit and credit cards for payment. However, despite all the education around data protection, we as consumers are all very guilty of ignoring this guidance, leaving ourselves open to data theft, but just assuming that ‘it won’t happen to us’. 

The WannaCry ransomware attack on the NHS in the UK earlier this year brought cyber security and data protection to the forefront of the news agenda, and while the cause was not found to be from a lapse in internal security, it’s never been more important to talk about data protection, and how we can better defend ourselves against potential attacks. Don’t assume that because you’re not a business, your data is automatically safe or not valuable to others. Read more..