This is the last of three posts about things we can do to keep our data and private information as safe as is possible in todays online environment. Boxcryptor encrypts files that you store in the cloud. Whisp.ly encrypts your emails in transit. Boxcryptor not only encrypts your files so that they are illegible but protects encrypted files from Meltdown and Spectre! Boxcryptor is free for non commercial use which allows you to install Boxcryptor on 2 devices, upload to one cloud provider and has Whisp.ly integration. There are two upgrades you can buy up to, Personal and Business. Compared to the cost of having your data or personal information stolen both are extremely cost effective. In addition to all of the benefits of the free service Personal and Business allow you to connect to unlimited cloud providers, Boxcryptor supports 20, on an unlimited number of devices. Business has group membership and management options as well as a higher priority for support.
This is the second article in the series on cyber security and what you can do to discourage “that guy”
When you send your files as email attachments they go flying through cyberspace available to anyone savvy enough to reach out and grab them. Most of us are not sending top secret files but we do sometimes send info that if intercepted could cause us and/or our clients a lot of distress. Ever send your 1099 or w2 as an attachment? Have you ever sent sensitive client info to an underwriter? Insurance companies have very strict rules about how to send client information. They require client information to be encrypted during transit. Gmail/G Suite’s encryption is not enough. There are numerous services that supply encryption for individual users. I will discuss the one I use, Whisp.ly.
Everyday it seems there is a new cyber security scare! Ransomeware, stolen identity, emails containing worms that allow nefarious types to highjack your email and use it to rip off your friends, as well as you. We are truly never completely safe online anymore. This is going to be the first of a series of posts with tips about what we can do to be as safe as possible in the cyber world.