Personal Safety And Cyber Security – How Far We’ve Come

Posted: November 4, 2013 in Articles
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Personal Safety

Personal Safety

An overview of personal safety measures and cyber security recommendations for the average individual.

When it comes to keeping our families safe, sometimes it feels like there is never enough we can do. From background checking babysitters to requiring helmets during athletic activities, your child’s safety is your number one priority. Since the beginning of time, humans have done everything in their power to pass on their genes and survive. Protective shelters and rudimentary weapons in the Stone Ages evolved into sturdy fortresses and eventually the elaborate home security systems we know today.

While it is important to keep yourself and your loved ones physically safe, it’s also crucial to keep personal information secure. Things like social security numbers and financial account details are often stored online, but might be vulnerable to hackers or others with bad intentions. Despite the recent NSA leaks and a select few major hacking scandals, the average American’s information is actually extremely safe online.

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A recent content piece by a cloud security software company illustrates just how far we have come over the past thousands of years when it comes to protecting ourselves. The History of Security illustrates that strategies like encryption and tokenization go a long way towards keeping our personal information private. Though vaults, safes, and other devices are still used with some frequency to guard against theft, in most cases, our most valued items today are virtual rather than physical.

Consider where your family’s most important possessions are. Do you keep them in a vault at the bank? Tucked away in a dresser in the master bedroom? Are bank account numbers and passwords written on a notepad in the kitchen, stored in your computer, or locked away in the cloud? Make sure you are doing everything you can to keep information inaccessible except for those who are intended to see it. As a parent, your job is to keep your child physically out of harms way but also virtually.

Never check bank accounts from public Internet, don’t use obvious passwords to lock up personal information or private documents, and opt for secure encryption services when it comes to conducting business. Today, using a password like “password123” is as risky as stashing your life savings under the mattress. This is practical advice for parents in charge of a family’s information as well as singles who are responsible for their own data.

Check out the full History of Security piece to see how our protective measures have evolved over time. When current methods of security feel lacking, simply think back to the way things used to be. A moat around your house might be effective for keeping out a bad guy or two, but it probably wouldn’t do much to keep your digital information safe and secure in today’s world.

When it comes to guarding your assets, first determine the best measures for protecting yourself and your family physically and then decide how to stay safe online.  The world is changing at a rapid pace. If you don’t keep up with the most current security trends, you are putting yourself at risk.

Kyle Haze is a marketing associate and freelance writer. His areas of expertise include tech, finance, and small business. In his free time he enjoys running and cycling.

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