Nowadays data is one of the most valuable things you can own. That’s why it’s so important to keep it safe. There are probably a few ways to provide online security for your information. How do you choose the best one?
To find the best possible protection you must be fully aware of the danger. The most common cyber-attacks are: online scams, phishing and massive data breaches. And believe me, those who try to get your data can be really creative. Fake automobile auctions and online dating schemes are not even the most ingenious ones. You can find them in annual Internet Crime Report. What’s actually more scary? One fifth of scam victims in 2013 were younger than 30.
Unfortunately one of the popular methods is creating a legitimate-looking website so you think it’s just another log-in to your bank account or another financial institution, while it’s really not. That’s how they get your private passwords and username and use it to steal your money.
Scary, isn’t it? And it doesn’t involve individuals only. There’s a number of major retailers like Home Depot or Target that were the focus of massive data breaches, that resulted in millions of credit card numbers being stolen. Hackers can sell those credit card numbers on a black market website and anyone can buy them.
How can you protect your data?
A few good-to-know rules:
- Before you give out any sensitive information look again the website – Many times you will see some misspelled words or some different characters than expected like ‘0’ instead of ‘O’. Any suspicious domains or website should be closed immediately.
- Create bookmarks in your browser to sites you use most often – Including your insurance company and bank, so you know for certain the sites you visit are the safe ones.
- Make sure your financial institutions use two-factor authentication – Then there’s more than just a password needed. A verification code will be send to a registered email address or phone number only, which makes it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to your account.
Protected servers are the cure
As a consumer, you have a limited impact on how companies you entrust with your data store their information. However you have the right to keep yourself safe and demand that those companies take more responsibility.
One of the best solutions is for companies to store data on a virtual private cloud with servers that enable multiple security features so that data processing can take place in a secure environment. Those who develop blockchain for startups and enterprise know this quite well. It is important to take cyber security seriously and ensure that your information remains secure. It is important to you and so it should be important to the companies that store your data.