Data security is a major problem for any salon and spa, as you house important information that needs to be protected. Even large retailers like Target and Home Depot have reported security breaches where systems were not up to date and viruses/malware had exploited vulnerabilities resulting in theft of client data. Some of the ways malware/viruses can infect computers include:
- out of date operating systems and antivirus
- opening email attachments from unknown people
- selecting insecure passwords
Make sure your computer’s automatic software update is turned on and be sure to keep your antivirus software up to date. If the email is from a ‘prince that needs help transferring money to you’ delete the email immediately. As for creating secure passwords, there are many tools that will allow you to create them. Perform a search on the internet for ‘secure password generator’. Once you create your secure password, you may look for a password manager to help you remember them. Data security is always something that should be taken seriously and even so during the holidays. For more helpful information on data security please check out the below infographic.