When using the Internet, most people know to use encryption of data in transit. This is the big difference between HTTP and HTTPS traffic (i.e. whether or not the lock icon shows up in the address bar). Using HTTPS helps to ensure that you’re connected to the right website and that no one can eavesdrop on your connection, which may include personal data like credit card information, your Netflix queue, etc.
However, your personal data isn’t only at risk when it’s traveling over the Internet. Despite your best efforts, there is a chance that your computer will be infected with malware that your antivirus doesn’t catch. If this is the case, the malware may start looking for sensitive data on your computer and send it to the cybercriminal running the malware.
This is where file encryption comes in. Instead of just encrypting data in transit, file encryption ensures that data is stored encrypted on your computer. This means that an attacker or malware with access to your computer can’t read your sensitive data unless they also know your password.
The most common argument against implementing good cybersecurity practices is “I don’t have any data worth stealing”. However, this statement is incorrect, and cybercriminals commonly target individuals to steal personal data.
When thinking about your personal data, you might focus on credit card and banking information, which is primarily entered into the browser and not stored on the machine. A great deal of personal data can be extracted from files that you may store on your computer without thinking twice about them. Some examples of these files include:
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At this point we all know what ransomware is and the effect it can have on you or your business (if you don’t know, head over to your favourite news channel and peruse the technology section). But what is not so well known is the latest “trendy” way in which cybercriminals are using ransomware to blackmail you into paying ransoms.
The latest trend in ransomware is to bypass the encryption of your files and instead, steal all your data which is then used to blackmail you into paying a ransom. If you do not pay-up, your data its leaked on the internet, used for identity theft or just sold to the highest bidder.
Encrypting your files is a critical part of your defense against cybercriminal attacks, including ransomware. When your files are encrypted, criminals cannot access your data. Instead, they can only see a scrambled nonsense (random letters, numbers and symbols) which is useless to them and therefore cannot be used for extortion or to hold you to ransom.
If you store your files and data on a Cloud backup platform such as OneDrive, Google Drive or DropBox, you may be concerned that your cloud provider has the master encryption key to access your data. Your fears are not unfounded. A quick search on DuckDuckGo and you’ll quickly find statements such as the following from DropBox:
(3) to enforce our Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy. Access to users’ file content is limited to a small number of people. We have strict policy and technical access controls that prohibit access to file content except in these rare circumstances.Link here
Rare circumstances? What does that even mean? I don’t know what constitutes a rare circumstance within DropBox, but what I can tell you is this, DropBox absolutely have the ability to read your files.
When you encrypt your cloud files and data, it stops your cloud provider from accessing them, even if they are forced by the government, the FBI or aliens. Why? Because your data is encrypted with your key, not theirs. So on those
rare occasions when they attempt to access your data, access is denied!
A word of caution: The App you choose to encrypt your cloud data must never encrypt or decrypt files within your cloud folder (e.g., your OneDrive folder on your computer), because if it does, your Cloud provider will sync your data before its encrypted.
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Sharing files online is more popular than ever. You do it on social media like Facebook, on messenger apps, forums, and cloud services. But what’s the risk? Only the people I’ve sent the file can see it, right? Wrong!
If your shared files are not encrypted, they’re accessible to everyone. Imagine the devastation of finding your private pictures or bank number scattered across the web…
The reason why it is important to encrypt files before sharing is simple – encrypting your files ensures your privacy. Someone unauthorized can’t open the files, meaning only you and your intended recipient gets access.
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Employees are increasingly using mobile devices for work. This trend has become more common in recent years, and the COVID-19 pandemic created an explosion in telework and the use of personal and mobile devices.
With the increased convenience of these mobile devices comes higher cybersecurity risk. A smartphone, tablet, or laptop is relatively easy to lose or have stolen in a public place. If this occurs, the thief may be able to read sensitive company data off of the device by scanning its hard drive.
File encryption protects against the threat of lost or stolen mobile devices. Each file on the machine is encrypted, and the encryption keys are stored protected by the user’s password. If an attacker doesn’t have access to this password, then they can’t read any useful data off of the stolen device.
File encryption is a valuable tool for data security. However, implemented improperly, it can lull you into a false sense of security. Some vital features to look for in a file encryption solution include:
Secure your files and protect your privacy with ultra-secure, automated encryption.
Secure, automated AES encryption.
Prevents Identity and Data theft
Ransomware blackmail protection
Secure file sharing and collaboration