The Information Commissioner's Office website provides some useful tips, as follows:
• For a good source of advice in plain English on security go to the government and business sponsored website getsafeonline.org.
• For computer security:
• Install a firewall and virus checking on your computers.
• Consider upgrading your operating system
• Protect your computer by downloading the latest patches or security updates, which should cover vulnerabilities
• Only allow your staff access to the information they need to do their job and don’t let them share passwords
• Encrypt any personal information held electronically if it will cause damage or distress if it is lost or stolen
• Take regular back ups of the information on your computer system and keep them in a separate place so that if you lose your computers, you don’t lose the information
• Don’t dispose of old computers until all the personal information on them has been securely removed (by using technology or destroying the hard disk)
• Consider installing anti-spyware. This protects against software that can be secretly installed on your computers. It can monitor use, look for private information or even give someone else control of your computer.