When it comes to data security, this year has been a wake up call to say the least.
From the high-profile Sony Pictures scandal to the Target credit card information breach, it seems as if no one—not even a big corporate giant—is safe from the dangers of online hackers and predators. No longer do criminals need to search through your garbage can for receipts and documents to encroach on your personal information. Identity theft, credit card fraud, and other cyber crimes can happen with quick calculated strokes of a few computer keys.
If the Sony and Target attacks didn’t ring enough warning alarms, President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union speech certainly did.
As a lawyer, you know just how important it is to protect your client’s confidential information. You want to do everything you can to make sure that you and your clients don’t become the next cyber-victims.
Lawyers, college students, and small businesses alike should take extra precautions when it comes to cybersecurity, and we aren’t just talking about changing your password every once in a while. At GNGF, we utilize extreme Internet safety measures, taking cybersecurity and online privacy quite seriously, and we encourage you to do the same.
Our resident security analyst, Andy, provided a few simple tips to increase your protection against a cyber attack:
- Don’t use the same password for every sign-on site. Use a secure password manager to save them. If need be, use a password generator to come up with strong word, letter, and symbol combinations.
- Don’t leave your passwords written out near or on your computer. Also, NEVER send passwords in an email or chat.
- Be sure to use a secure cloud server.