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Apple's Latest Leak Serves as a Reminder

Many news outlets are covering Apple's latest loss of data today: over 225,000 iCloud accounts have been stolen, along with security certificates, purchase receipts, and other sensitive data. These losses have been caused by malware called KeyRaider.

Obviously, this is a big deal. With the millions of people around the world who use Apple devices, there's ample cause for concern. And even though this malware targeted only iPhones that had been jailbroken, this still makes many people nervous.

This unfortunate breach of Apple's security should serve as a reminder. Take care of your data, no matter how small your business is. Apple is huge, and this is a big embarrassment—imagine what it would be like if it was your company instead.

To help you out, here are five tips for securing your data:

1. Choose good passwords. This is a no-brainer. Use a service like LastPass or OnePass to generate strong passwords and store them securely so you don't have to remember them.

2. Don't keep customer data that you don't have to. You need to keep customer records for a certain amount of time, but if you have ten years' worth of records, it's time to clean out your computer and your office.

3. Use a secure payment provider for processing credit and debit cards. SmartTrade processes payments through Stripe, which uses industry-standard encryption technology to keep your data safe.

4. Run your updates. Are your mobile and your computer up-to-date? When was the last time you ran your updates? If it's been a long time, you could be missing out on some very important security upgrades.

5. Use a secure backup system like CrashPlan, Carbonite, or BackBlaze. You can keep years and years of records here without leaving them on your computer where they're more vulnerable.

It's not just huge corporations like Apple and Adobe that are the targets of cybercrime; small businesses have been attacked, too. Fortunately, protecting yourself is simple. But you have to make a point to do it and keep it up, or you're inviting hackers to steal your data.

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