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The new year is here, and with a new year comes the opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for the upcoming months. When it comes to cybersecurity, you need to make sure you’re planning ahead to ensure that your system stays protected throughout the new year. From new data privacy laws to the collecting and storing of data, 2020 will be filled with plenty of security implications for users. Here’s what we predict your data privacy will look like in 2020.

New Regulations

After a security breach, users might be concerned about what happens if their data gets into the wrong hands. That’s why new privacy regulations will be put into place in 2020 to help users better protect and manage their data. The new California privacy law that went into effect in January 2020 will give users more control over their private data, which will allow them to instruct companies to delete their personal information. 

With more regulations in place, “consent” requests will start to show up more frequently, so it’s important to pay attention to what you’re signing when you click “consent.” 

With these new regulations, the level of transparency organizations hold will likely be under close surveillance, especially as data breaches become publicized. For example, companies make billions of dollars annually from buying and selling data that does not belong to them. The more data a company has on a user, the more insight cybercriminals have to manipulate, control data, and ultimately infiltrate a user’s system. 

A New Year for Cyber Tricks

Information and data obtained from various breaches can be used by cybercriminals to create groups of people to not only target them, but also help them understand how to target them. With social engineering and advanced artificial intelligence, cybercriminals can turn old cyber tricks into new, sophisticated threats. 

Call spoofing, for example, is a tactic used by cybercriminals to take advantage of a user’s data privacy by making a phone call that appears to be from a family member or friend. By using a familiar area code, cybercriminals can gain leverage and increase their chances of a successful attack. 

Data Privacy and the Dark Web

With cybercriminal activity increasing every day, it’s important that users are aware of how crooks will leverage online records on the Dark Web. In 2019, more than 2.2 billion stolen account credentials were made available in the cybercriminal underground. This number proves the threat to personal online accounts on the Dark Web. 

So, how can you ensure your data stays protected? Here are a few security tips to safeguard your information:

  • Do not recycle passwords. If you use the same password for all of your online accounts, you give cybercriminals the upper hand and make it more likely for them to hack into your other existing accounts.
  • Verify links. Instead of directly clicking a link in your email, make sure you identify the source. 
  • Use security protection tools. Browsing the web unprotected can put your entire system at risk for a cybercriminal attack. 
  • Use tools in your browser to protect private information. 

It’s a new year—does your cybersecurity need an upgrade? Call us, and we’ll handle the rest.

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