3 Tips to Protect Corporate (and Personal) Data from Cyber Theft
You Don't Know What You Don't Know (About Cybersecurity)
Checking email from your smart phone while boarding a plane or confirming your business account balance from your iPad in the back seat of a cab are common practices these days.
Everywhere we go, our data travels along in the form of a laptop or various smart devices(including smart watches). More employees work from remote locations or travel for business than ever before.
The conveniences that technology affords us are spectacular, but have you considered: is your business and personal data is protected?
CyberSecurity Tip from Someone in the Field
The PROMOrx team works with the most innovative tech companies and cybersecurity experts in the world. A client, who is a financial crimes investigator shared why she's puzzled more aren't ordering these cybersecurity giveaways. She owns a data blocking adapter personally and expressed shock that more people weren't using them and others didn't even know about them.
We've All Been Here:
Nothing instills fear in your heart quicker than suddenly noticing that your device has 3% battery life. The level of panic is worse when traveling. We frantically dart around the airport or train station looking for a community charging station. If we get lucky, we find a restaurant with charging ports at the table.
And then we unwittingly pass personal and business data to a cyber hacker. Thankfully, not always. But the threat exists. Keep in mind the same port that charges your phone also transfers data.
Cyber hackers install a tiny computer into community charging ports so that when you plug in your phone to grab a charge, your phone's data is surreptitiously downloaded. It is commonly called "juice jacking."
Your bank account login information, email accounts, social profile passwords, photos and text messages can all be transferred to the cyber hacker in a matter of moments.
What is a data blocker?
A data blocker is a small but powerful adapter that forms a block between your device and the charging station. Think of it as a 'coupler' that allows the flow of the charge to pass but prevents an exchange of data.
The data blockers are available in plastic or aluminum models and can be printed, or the aluminum ones (our top sellers!), can be laser engraved. ThePROMOrx one below is laser engraved.
3 Tips for Protecting Data
Now that you understand potential threats to your business data every time you or your employees travel, take the following cybersecurity precautions:
- Provide data blocking charging adapters to each employee and ask, well, plead, they use them at public charging stations.
- Encourage employees to use the charging cables that come with their phone. Never use a borrowed cable, as hackers have developed malicious cables that steal data, too.
- Provide power banks to employees who frequently travel or who are "in the field" and need access to a quick charge. Carrying your own portable charging juice prevents you from relying on public charging stations that could be compromised.
Now that you know better, do better. Think for one minute what it would mean for your business data was compromised.
Take action and prevent that nightmare from becoming a reality.
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