22 Jul How to Protect Data in 2020?
How to Protect your Personal Data in 2020
2020 has been a crazy year, to say the least. With everyone working at home there are more and more opportunities for people to have their data compromised. Here are some tips from the STASH team to help you make sure you’re safe on the web.
Tip #1: Change your passwords now!
A quick trip to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ will tell you whether or not your information has been compromised in a past data breach. With almost 10 billion accounts that have been “pwned,” it’s highly likely that either your current or previous login credentials are compromised.
It’s not just the rich and powerful who need to worry about a data breach; all of us have sensitive information that we need to keep safe. Often, cybercriminals look specifically for ordinary people because they know their information will be much easier to steal due to a lack of data security. Creating a secure password will ensure that your online accounts don’t end up in a public data lake.
Tip #2: Use a different password for every account!
Yourdogsname123 is, sadly and tragically, a very poor password. If your social media accounts aren’t private, anybody can log onto Facebook and see that your dog’s name is Chip. If you happen to use that same password everywhere for the sake of convenience, you are in even more trouble.
If someone gains access to one of your accounts, they can quickly try the same login information across the board. Using a different password on every account ensures that, in the case of a data breach, you can work to protect your other accounts while recovering your lost information.
Tip #3: Make your social media private!
You’d be surprised just how much information you reveal to the world via social media. Things like mother’s maiden name, best friends, and past employers all are potential answers to security questions. Some social media accounts even allow you to display your phone number and email address.
A skilled hacker can crack a “complex” password in as little as 2 hours, and that timetable decreases significantly with more information. Making your accounts private gives you more control over who can access your personal information, which is something you should care about in 2020.
Tip #4: Avoid giving out your email.
Many people use throwaway emails to sign up for coupon codes, promotional updates, and discounts so that they don’t expose their personal email accounts. Your email addresses and usernames are examples of personally identifiable information that should be protected. The first thing that someone needs to access your account are those usernames, so avoid submitting that information to untrustworthy sites.
Tip #5: Avoid keeping your sensitive data on big data platforms.
Over the past ten years, the track record of cloud-based data aggregates like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Adobe Cloud has been abysmal. The problem with these operating systems is that they are too big, too automated, and also too readily accessible at the touch of a button. For instance, if someone gains access to your personal Gmail, they can automatically access all of the information in your Drive. Keeping your most sensitive data away from these larger platforms reduces the likelihood that your information will be a part of a more substantial data breach.
Tip #5: Try STASH!
At STASH, our primary goal is protecting what matters most: your data. With the amount of information we have on our electronic devices combined with the time we spend looking at our screens, a breach is just waiting to happen. Rather than attempting to fortify the perimeter methods of defense, we focus on providing you an incredibly well-fortified data STASH where your information can be truly secure. Instead of keeping your most valuable passwords in a doc or notepad application, secure them in a place where only you have access.
Start your free trial today and let us prove that our datacentric approach to security is the only right approach! For more information about data security, read our blog here