Posted on: June 2, 2016 by titan-goodrich
Cyber security is a hot-button issue for both individuals and businesses. If you’re like a growing number of people, you use the cloud to store photos and documents — the cloud is simply a convenient way to store and share information. The cost of this convenience may be the privacy of your data. A Virginia Cyber Liability policy can protect you should your sensitive data be stolen. Researching how to keep your data secure on the cloud is a smart way to avoid data theft and its potentially devastating ramifications.
Be Careful What You Store on the Cloud
Bank account information, passwords, social security numbers, trade secrets – the best way to protect your sensitive data is to avoid storing it on the cloud in the first place.
Do Your Homework
Not all cloud storage services are equal. Some have virtually zero security features, and simply store and back up your data. Others provide an added layer of security: local encryption and decryption of your files. You won’t know what you’re signing up for unless you read the service’s user agreement. When you are considering entrusting your sensitive information to a cloud service provider, it is essential to read the fine print.
Encrypt Your Data
If you must store sensitive information on the cloud and your service does not provide encryption/decryption, you can encrypt your data yourself using encryption software. Encryption is the most effective way to safeguard your data. Encryption software will compress and password-protect data before you move it to the cloud. The data will be accessible on the cloud, but only to those who know the password.
Be Diligent About Your Passwords
According to “Info Security” magazine, advanced software programs can unlock 90% of passwords within seconds! The longer your passwords, the better. Additionally, never use the same password across different platforms and change your passwords regularly. Experts suggest choosing one long, random “core word” and adding the relevant platform to the end of it. For instance, if you choose the random word “illustration,” your Cloud password would be “illustrationCloud.” Your Skype password would be “illustrationSkype” and so on. For added security, choose an easy-to-remember number (the last four digits of your phone number, for example) and insert it between the word and platform (“illustration6654Cloud.”)
As diligent as you may be about data security, you can never be certain your cloud-based data is 100% protected. If you use the cloud, you should view cyber-liability insurance as a necessity, not an option. Contact us at Goodrich & Watson for information on cyber-liability insurance.