Cloud security is getting headlines. Around 1.5 million people fall victim to identity theft and cyber crimes every day. What you don’t know can definitely hurt you. With constant changes in personal computing and cloud security, it’s important to know the truth about common cyber security myths. According to one study, it’s estimated that the Cyber Security market will reach $120 billion by 2017.
If your business must be HIPAA and FACTA compliant, there’s even more pressure to keep information safe. You’re already shredding sensitive documents. But how are you protecting virtual information? Here’s a look at three common misconceptions and the truth about protecting your computer and personal information.
Cloud Security Myth #1: Viruses Make Computers Do Funny Things
Although there are attack viruses that crash computers, flash images on the screen, and play general havoc with your system, a hacker — someone who is after your private info — isn’t going to be so obvious. The best cyber criminals embed hard-to-find viruses and spyware in your system to siphon personal information like social security numbers, account numbers, usernames and passwords. The sooner you find that virus, the sooner the criminal is out of an information source. Instead of looking for signs of a virus, protect yourself by:
Never downloading items from unknown online sources
Avoiding websites that appear spam-like in nature
Don’t respond to emails asking for sensitive information
Changing cloud computing passwords on a regular basis
Cloud Security Myth #2: Malware, Spyware, and Viruses Only Affect Computers
Many people don’t realize that mobile devices actually are computers. Personal and business information on your cell phone is as susceptible to cyber-attacks as that on the computer. It’s essential to follow online and cloud security protocols no matter how you access the Internet. If you use mobile devices to access financial accounts, save sensitive information, or conduct work, then you should also lock the device with a unique password.
Cloud Security Myth #3: Social Media Sites Are Safe
Twitter and Facebook aren’t going to do anything nefarious with the personal information you share, but that doesn’t mean those sites are safe. Don’t click on links in private messages that come from unknown sources. If a friend sends you a private message or posts something to your wall that looks odd, don’t click or share. Let your friend know about the odd activity—chances are, they’ve been hacked. If your social media account is compromised, it could mean your business and personal cloud accounts are compromised.
A virus or hacker can record information about all your Internet activity, including the usernames and passwords you enter. Knowing the truth about Internet and cloud security myths helps keep you safe.