Digital Security Facts
Recent findings in the digital world.
Here are some staggering figures that have been collected in regards to digital security. These numbers truly put into perspective how serious protecting client information has become. The consequences for not complying with both state and national regulations immensely outweigh the miniscule premium that a secure email solution will cost a business … And these figures prove just that.
Identity Theft In The Digital Age.
Identity theft has become a serious concern in the present digital age. More and more we are seeing criminals develop new and effective ways to commit fraud. According to the 2019 Identity Fraud Study from Javelin Strategy & Research, 14.4 million consumers had fallen victim to identity theft and fraud in 2018.
Credit card fraud
Credit card fraud is one of the most popular ways criminals are attempting to commit identity theft. in 2019, more than 167,000 people reported that a credit card account was opened illegally in their name. Now, as the COVID-19 threat continues to grow cybercriminals are focusing their efforts on Americans who are working from home. The intent is to steal financial information, and/or medical information in an attempt to access personally identifiable information (PII).
A new study suggests that identity theft occurs every TWO seconds in the United States alone. Personal accounts, business accounts, and medical records are illegally accessed every day by cybercriminals and you can thank modern society for that…
Now that the financial, medical, & business worlds have all gone digital, cyber thieves are having a field day hacking online accounts. Long gone are the days when we used to set up our business or personal accounts on a face to face encounter. What’s most alarming is that eventually, the databases holding our information will inevitably become hacked. So, the real question here becomes what steps do I need to take to protect my online accounts?
A strong password means strong security!
It is important to keep in mind that cybercriminals are always looking for a hole in your online security that they can sneak through to sabotage your account. Whether this is a weak password, unreliable computer security, or using the same password for multiple accounts, hackers will find it and exploit it.
Creating a strong password will ultimately make or break the security walls protecting your online account. The standard practice for creating a password is to use at least 8 characters, a special character, & an upper and lower case letter. However, using a passphrase or quote that contains anywhere from 24 to 30 letters will actually be easier to remember and harder to breach!
Be creative and think of something that will stick in your brain, using a mnemonic device, such as Roy G. Biv will also suffice. Whichever you choose make sure you DO NOT repeat it in another online account. Originality is key for creating multiple online passwords.
94% of malware is sent by email and phishing attacks are now responsible for nearly 80% of reported online attacks. So, to protect your personal, business, & family accounts it is vital that you implement a set of strong security measures associated with your online accounts. It is highly recommended that you install reputable digital security software on all your internet-connected devices, so your hardware, software, & electronic data is protected from hackers. Quality security software will also allow you to store backups so that if your account were to become compromised, you will still be able to restore your computer to its original settings, and access all of your sensitive files and data.
HIPAA Violations & You
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights has reported a staggering amount of HIPAA violations across the board. There has been a total of 551 reported HIPAA violations since May 25th, 2018 and these numbers are only continuing to grow since the coronavirus scare. Using an encryption service, such as NeoCertified, when sending electronically protected health information (ePHI), is a must when abiding by the laws of HIPAA. HIPAA fines are more common than you think and can end up putting a small practice out of business.