How Secure Is Your Content?

April 21, 2016

This week we’re covering something that’s critical to every single person who stores content in the cloud.  With hacking, malware and spam so prevalent; the security of your content is something you need to be aware of, and have protection and processes in place to minimise the risk.

Client Question

Apparently people are getting their computers hacked into and the hackers are demanding $ before content is returned.

Is security something you can advise me on?

A colleague just got hacked and had most of his content in DropBox but still takes 10 days for dropbox to return.

This happens more often than you’d like to think.  What also happens (more than you think) is people having a variation of a single password across all their logins.  And it’s password management that can be the difference between being secure … or not.

My Response

We found this article, 10 Ways to Secure A Dropbox Account which we sent to our client … along with an email telling her:

LastPassSo basically the key thing is using different passwords for everything (even though having one may seem convenient) and making good use of a mix of symbols, numbers, uppercase and lowercase. Here’s where Lastpass is ideal so you don’t have to worry about remembering them all and can store them in a secure online vault. For which you will also want to ensure you have a super secure password for again including a mix of symbols, numbers, uppercase and lowercase. And making it longer than 8 characters.

We have all your logins stored in our Lastpass vault.  I’ll change your passwords from here and share them with you … so there’s nothing for you to remember next time you login.

Something else to check, every computer should be checked regularly for malware, viruses etc. Here’s an article with 10 tips to protect your computer from being infected.  I use McAfee but there’s so many to choose from, a word of warning … don’t go for a free tool.  They will either do a scan and show you what they found (where you have to upgrade for a fix) or … they’re dodgy!

Take 10 minutes to read the two articles I’ve referenced.  Then take another 10 minutes to set up LastPass (which is free and is perfect to use).  Then, as you login to your tools, networks and accounts use LastPass to generate a new, super secure password for each.  And while we’re being super proactive, pop a recurring event in your calendar for each 1-3 months to change your passwords.  Again, pretty simple to do using LastPass.

And here’s to never, ever being hacked!

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