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How to Protect Your Nonprofit’s Information

By Alexa Connelly
February 26, 2014

Incidences of Nonprofit Identity Theft has been on the rise all over the world in recent times. Identity theft, just as the term suggests refers to the malicious use of another person’s identity with the view of accessing sensitive data about them or the people that they communicate with. This problem has been very persistent especially in the world of online communications. Apparently, many internet users today are not very tech-savvy to understand that identity theft actually happens or even how it does suffice in the first case.
If you are handling any form of data, you have to make sure it is as secure as possible. Most identity thieves are always scanning the internet to access data that has not been secured in the right manner so that they can use it for dubious deals and purposes. Much as non-profit data might not really mean much for many, identity thieves are still spying on this type of data. So, how do you prevent Nonprofit Identity Theft?

  • Be proactive- When dealing with information, whether it’s sensitive or not, it’s always advisable to be proactive rather than reactive. It’s important to understand that Nonprofit Identity Theft is a reality and as such you ought to live with it. The manner in which you share data on a network or send it through the internet will determine whether you will be a victim of identity theft or not. Make sure your data is protected at all times.
  • Ensure effective data access controls- The use of data access controls when it comes to computer security also counts a lot. If you are managing information in your business, you need to make sure all users have specific passwords and usernames for them to access the primary system. Again, the privileges assigned to these users should be varied so that not all gain access to the entire database set.
  • If sending data through a network make sure it’s encrypted- if you want to send data via an unsecure network you ought to ensure that it’s protected. This is perhaps the most effective way to beat Nonprofit Identity Theft in the modern day. Encryption sends data in a coded manner such that the person who has the private key can know what information is contained in there. Even if a third party happens to tap into the channel, they’ll not make any use of the information.

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