We can’t help but feel alarmed when we hear news about major data breaches carried out by hackers targeting large companies. Recently, the case of Barcelona’s Hospital Clínic has been one of the most notorious. The scale of the data breach, the ransom demands, and the fact that medical data, which is particularly sensitive, was compromised make it even more concerning.
As software developers, we can’t help but feel uneasy. Such news scares users and can make them fear for their privacy and security.
Being software developers, we have the responsibility to ensure the security of our clients’ confidential information. And to instill confidence through our work.
We implement secure development practices and utilize the latest technologies and frameworks to ensure that our products are resilient to potential attacks.
We also make sure that our products are supported by regular updates and patches to address any discovered vulnerabilities. Updates often include fixes for these vulnerabilities, which help protect user data against cyberattacks.
(You can learn more about our approach at: https://www.unimedia.tech/how-to-ensure-security-in-software-development/ )
As part of our commitment to cybersecurity, today we want to remind everyone of some basic practices to protect our data. Our work is crucial, but when users are aware of these practices, the reach of security multiplies exponentially.
Thinking that “these things happen to others, not to me” is a risk we do not recommend taking.
From our perspective as software development experts, we particularly emphasize the following:
App Permissions Configuration:
It is a good practice to review and manage the permissions of the applications installed on mobile devices and computers. Ensuring that applications only have access to essential information helps reduce the risks of exposure and protect user privacy.
Use Secure Wi-Fi Networks:
We warn about the danger of connecting to public and open Wi-Fi networks as they can be insecure and susceptible to attacks. It is much safer to use virtual private networks (VPNs) to encrypt the connection and protect privacy while browsing or conducting online transactions.
Strong Passwords and Two-Factor Authentication:
Creating strong and unique passwords for each account is very important. We recommend using combinations of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. And it never hurts to use two-factor authentication whenever possible. This adds an additional layer of security by requiring a second verification factor. There are user-friendly and easy-to-install applications that provide this second verification.
Updating IoT Devices:
If there are Internet of Things (IoT) devices in homes, it is essential to keep them updated. Many IoT devices have security vulnerabilities, so it is crucial to install the latest updates and patches to protect against possible attacks.
Awareness of Suspicious Links:
It is essential to exercise caution when clicking on links received via email, text messages, or social media. One should always verify the authenticity of the senders. Neither excessive trust nor urgency should lead us to provide confidential information through suspicious links.
It is fundamental to regularly back up important data. This can be done using cloud services, external drives, or physical storage devices. This way, if a malware attack or data loss occurs, the information can be easily recovered.
We encourage you to stay informed about the latest threats and techniques used by hackers. The more informed we are, the better we can protect our data.
In a world where hackers are constantly posing threats, data protection is crucial. As software developers, we play a vital role in ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of information. But if we all protect ourselves and are aware of our individual responsibility, we can build stronger barriers against cybercriminals.
If you have any doubts about digitizing your business, migrating to the cloud, or having an app for your business due to concerns about security, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of experts can assist you: https://www.unimedia.tech/contact-us/.