How can I protect myself against data theft?
1. Don’t leave your laptop or computer unattended.
If you leave your workplace even for just a short time, be sure to lock your computer. Your laptop should not be left unattended at airports and train stations. Even if you entrust your laptop to someone, you should still lock it.
2. Deny nosey people the view.
In the office, you might be able to stop other people from seeing your screen by placing a plant in their line of sight. But privacy filters are a better solution. Invest in a professional privacy screen. This will prevent data thieves from viewing information from the side – a particularly useful tool in public places. On the bus and train, the person sitting next to you should not have a direct view of the activities on your laptop.
Corporate policy dictates that employees must keep their workplaces clean and remove important documents from their desks, even if they are absent only briefly. Why shouldn’t data on the computer be made inaccessible as well? Make sure that your computer is always locked as soon as you leave your workstation.
4. Moving office furniture
You need to be aware of how much data is involved in your work. Anyone who has a view of your screen commits data theft and can misuse it. Position your office furniture in a way that lets you control the perspective from which your workstation can be seen. Small adjustments to the angles can make a big difference. Make sure you have a hotkey that activates a screen saver if you notice potentially prying eyes.
5. Data destruction policy
The data destruction policy can reduce the number of confidential documents in circulation. To this end, the company has to team up with a reliable service provider and implement a ‘shred-it-all’ policy. Employees can destroy data and documents directly when they are no longer needed. The destruction of data is also regulated in the General Data Protection Regulation that came into force on 25 May 2018.