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Data security for business: combating the threats

How to protect the data from breaches

The negligence of the companies may cause leaks when the business owners prefer to save money on anti-virus software and leave the employees without clear instructions on security policy. In the meantime, external threats can be sometimes too sophisticated for countering. Therefore, companies should anticipate disaster response. We gave an overview of the most common data breaches in business in our previous post. Now it’s time to speak about combating them. The methods of data breach prevention will be in our focus today.

Business owners are interested in the best control of their data. The risk of breaches is especially high when the company has to protect not only its own affairs, but also the customer databases. Apart from hacking poorly protected systems, frauds may perform malware and social engineering attacks.

To secure themselves, the most responsible companies hire high-qualified IT professionals, build a solid security infrastructure and train employees. Nonetheless protecting the perimeter is not a guarantee that the sensible data is unreachable for violations elsewhere. The data should stay secure during all operations including transmitting, editing and storing. If you are not an IT specialist, not all the cases when data is vulnerable are evident. However, when you know the threats – you can diminish the risks. The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) reported that more than 90 % of data breaches that occurred in the first half of 2014 could have easily been prevented.

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Data leaks: the threat does not always come from where you expected

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Data protection is necessary for the reputation of every brand, and it is particularly topical for the companies that store private data of their customers. E.g., access to the mobile phone number may mean access to e-money. Data breaches in companies result in the shift of the customers to the uncompromised rivals. Losing data may lead to losing reputation, customers, partners, and in the worst cases the whole business. Make your company trustworthy by protecting it from data leaks. Today we will look upon the factors that put safety of businesses in jeopardy.

In this article, we won’t give you a manual on operating a shredder to destroy your white papers or speak about eavesdropping devices and similar old-fashioned methods. Cyber threats are our subject.

The costs of data breaches are increasing every year although data protection systems are constantly becoming more and more sophisticated. Even the best security software won’t protect you, if you fail to protect yourself. Leaving the laptop unlocked or writing down the password and keeping in on a sticker at a workplace – some people just don’t care until their accounts are captured and the data is stolen. Everyone is responsible for the security of his or her private data, while at work every employee is responsible for the security of the whole business. This is what we are going to speak about today – how to protect your data and what may threaten it.

You may invest in the best security protection technologies including firewalls and antivirus software, but your own employees are the vulnerable spot, especially if they are unaware about the threats. They may share the sensitive data on purpose or by accident or even exploit it.

Edward Snowden may have persuaded between 20 and 25 fellow workers at the NSA regional operations center in Hawaii to give him their logins and passwords by telling them they were needed for him to do his job as a computer systems administrator – Reuters reported.

There are both external and internal causes for data leaks, and they are closely interconnected. The social engineer attack is external, but if your employee has no idea about such attacks and how to deal with them – it is your fault. Mismanagement of business processes involving data exchange, storage and access may bring risks.

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10 and more ways to protect your privacy and identity in VIPole

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«Online privacy is dead» or «Online privacy – no such thing» – these headlines that reporters use with yet another data breach catch the eyes, but think twice before trusting journalists.

VIPole puts anonymity at the forefront. Forcing someone to provide the real name for using the service is to our mind like forcing to expose your passport data. However, for some popular social media services it’s common. Moreover, certain apps even require your location to function. Many apps don’t even need personal data to work, but they collect it anyway to maximize the reach of online marketing campaigns. In VIPole, there are no ads, there is no spam from shops, and there is no content targeted to you because of your location, age, gender, search history or any preferences. We provide private communication only.

“All your data are belong to us” and how to stay away from it

While the ways of personal data collection and storing online are evolving, it becomes harder to keep privacy. Besides, many services are just too convenient and entertaining to leave them for the sake of security. While using mainstream networks for chitchat, you may switch to VIPole for those conversations that you prefer to hide from being tracked, analyzed and exploited.

VIPole does not collect your data to make the service better or personalize it like other communication companies claim to do. In VIPole, only you own your data.

We do not know our users by sight or by name, but we know exactly what is important to you – your safety and privacy. In this respect, we share the same vision and values.

Apart from the basic algorithms of data protection in VIPole, we developed a number of tools that enable you to hide yourself, your contacts and your data even within the service.

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