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How to avoid getting hacked

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dont get hackedAs we are nearing the end of 2012, lots of people turn to resolutions — ways they’d like to improve themselves in the new year.  Everyone gets a do-over each January 1st. It’s the cultural norm in our society – even companies use the next 365 days as a milestone to renew their budgets, revise strategic plans, and do things better.

At Global Data Vault, we are always taking steps to do better, and a constant area of concern is data security.  With the advent of cloud backups and cloud storage, comes a new frontier for thieves wanting to lift financial information – or if not for financial gain, to simply make our lives difficult for the sake of sport.

We take the security of your data VERY seriously. The algorithm we use to encrypt your cloud data and block a cipher was designed by Counterpane Labs. It was also one of the five Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) finalists chosen by National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST). The algorithm is subjected to frequent public review and no known attack against this algorithm has ever been reported. It has been calculated that a brute force attack using a 12.3 teraflop (trillions of operations/second) supercomputer would need 8.77 x 1017 years to attempt all the possible key combinations. Read about our extensive data security measures.

As seriously as we take protecting your data, we can’t protect you personally from hackers. If you haven’t read the nightmare that Mat Honan, reporter for WIRED magazine, recently experienced, you’ll need to sit down and take a look.

In what Mat recalls as an “epic hack,” he lost his entire digital life within 60 minutes. His Google account was commandeered and deleted. His Twitter account was taken over and used to spread disgusting messages. His AppleID was stolen and led to the subsequent erasure of all the data on Mat’s iPhone, iPad and MacBook (including photos from his daughter’s first year of life). Because Mat’s accounts were “daisy-chained” together, it was child’s play for the hackers to put together a profile of his accounts and position the customer service reps at Amazon.com and Apple off each other for full access whole online world. Vital security flaws in customer service systems invited the hackers in for a game of folly.

Mat’s story is unfortunately not unique, but by his own account, there are measures he could have taken to reduce the risk of his loss. One oversight on his part was not backing his data up.

We hope that by sharing this story with you, you’ll add ‘avoid getting hacked’ to your list of resolutions. Make a renewed commitment to your own data security, not just your company’s. Stop taking the password off your phone because it’s annoying. Make the effort to employ Google’s two-factor authentication. Change your dang passwords from 1234 and password, or information that people can easily find on Facebook (your birthday… your anniversary….) to something with a little more challenge. And by all means, don’t link all your accounts together.

Let’s make 2013 the year that we are smarter about protecting ourselves from hackers and mayhem. Good luck in 2013 and may all your passwords be unique.

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