Protect your digital property
November 11, 2014
It is not just the value of the laptop that matters if it is stolen from your home. Often we do not have enough security safeguards in place to protect our digital identity if someone manages to steal our computer.
• Credit card details logged in to multiple sites
• Personal information saved on the computer
• Personal email with personal data
That doesn’t even include the intellectual property, personal pictures, videos and files that can’t easily be replaced. So what can you do to protect yourself if this happens? There are many levels of protection that can be integrated, ranging from inexpensive and free services to systems that cost a monthly premium.
You don’t need to spend thousands to protect your data, but a small investment is definitely worth the protection it offers.
First, some concepts to help protect you:
We use passwords for everything and remembering these can seem like a daunting task, especially when it is recommended we use different passwords for each site and a combination of characters, uppercase and numbers.
This article explains how the combination of better processors and the predictability of humans to stick with what they know means it is becoming easier for computers to guess your passwords. The fact the article is already two years old should only be cause for further concern.
Two Factor Authentication
Another concept to familiarise yourself with is the concept of two factor authentication. This involves having another device that acts as a password, such as a USB stick, or your phone. Think of it like the missile launch scenes in the movies where two keys are used. This concept is exactly the same, except you have both keys.
The most secure option is to use a password generator and manager. If you want to keep your accounts safe, you need to use a truly long, random, and complex password, and a completely different one for each account. How do you accomplish this? Use a password manager like LastPass, KeePass, or 1Password. Not only will they save all your passwords for you, but they can generate random passwords. It’s easier to use and set up than you may think.
Protecting these password vaults should be of utmost importance, and you can also use two factor verification to protect the vaults, leaving you with just one password to remember.
Using these concepts will protect you and your data in the event of theft or hacking. However, in the event of theft, no matter how secure your data is, if all the hard copies of your pictures, videos and files are stolen, there is only a minimal chance of getting them back.
Here are some handy tips and solutions to keep your data and memories safe:
Back up your data
Often the home computer or laptop is the only place where pictures are stored, but there are many different back up products and services available. The easiest is to buy an external hard drive and regularly back up all your important information onto it, keeping the hard drive in a secure place, like a safe.
There are also many cloud storage facilities such as DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive that are free for users to upload files to. They are also paid versions that allow for more space, but the 15GB that comes free with the Microsoft version should be more than enough (make sure you protect these cloud storage facilities with a strong password).
Lockdown your PC
There are many ways to secure your PC, but by creating anchor points and securing them with security cables, you ensure that even if a thief gets into the home, your technology is as secure as possible (a must for any holiday).
Our digital lives are more and more connected to our physical lives, so ensure that both are protected to keep your data and memories secure for the foreseeable future. The more safeguards you have in place, the better the security will be, protecting against unnecessary security breaches.