Securing Sensitive Data Online
Securing Sensitive Data Online
We keep just about everything online nowadays, from vacation photos and journal entries to more sensitive data such as passwords, email accounts, and bank statements. As a business owner, you may keep files such as timesheets, payroll information, and personal information about your employees in your cloud storage or on your computer drive.
This can put you at risk of being hacked. Hackers make a business, and sometimes even a living, off of stealing other people’s information—and businesses are especially at risk for these threats. Securing your sensitive data online through the cybersecurity services at Crypto Secure Vault is a great way to ensure your sensitive data stays private and safe.
What Qualifies as Sensitive Data?
Just about anything you put online can be sensitive—yes, even your vacation photos. While not many hackers may not target those specifically, other things like your passwords, credit card numbers, and email accounts are especially at risk. Some of the most common items hackers go after include:
- Email accounts, especially business, military, and government emails
- Credit card information
- Dates of birth, social security numbers, and driver license numbers
- Social media account information
Really, anything that can give a hacker the means to use it for their personal gain is up for grabs. Your computer, itself, can also qualify as sensitive data. That’s because it can be used directly to attack other computers. It’s important to keep your computer, server, and online data protected for these reasons.
How Does a Hacker Get In?
There are many ways a hacker can gain access to your information. For starters, one of the biggest ways they do so is through phishing scams. A phishing scam happens when someone, appearing to be reputable, sends you a link through an email or social media message that, again, looks reputable but was actually created to steal your information. Usually, you’ll have to type something in, such as your credit card information or username and password. The hacker then takes your information easily, using it for their own personal gain or storing it to sell later. One of the best ways to avoid this is to not click on anything suspicious and to verify messages before opening the links.
Another common hacking tactic is to use a trojan. This virus, once opened, can infect your computer quickly, allowing the hacker to see everything you type, including passwords. Another common way hackers steal passwords is by “going around it.” Usually, they do this by breaching data at companies directly. Think about the Yahoo breaches we’ve had over the years. Hackers attack companies like those specifically to obtain your sensitive information. While these are some of the most common ways hackers get in, there are countless others, so it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your computer, server, and online information.
Protecting Your Sensitive Data with Crypto Secure Vault
At Crypto Secure Vault, we offer encrypted cloud storage, vulnerability scanning, and other cybersecurity services that can help you keep your business’ information safe. Fill out our questionnaire today to learn more!