“How Clean Is Your PC?”

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“How Clean Is Your PC?”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

When it comes to your PC’s Cyber security do you do everything possible to prevent Cyber-attacks and data breaches? Do you use strong passwords? Do you know what constitutes a strong password? Do you avoid any suspicious emails that could lead you into a phishing attack? Do you use two-factor authentication on the accounts that allows you to do so? Have you ever wondered if that is enough? If that is really all it takes to secure your digital information?

 

When you hear the phrase “spring cleaning” you automatically think of cleaning your home. Doing the dishes, sorting cloths, and scrubbing every inch of your home. But, “Spring cleaning” can also refer to cleaning up and separating your digital junk from your valued digital information.

 

If you think that you do not have digital junk, you do. Whether it is old and forgotten email accounts, forgotten thumb-drives, or years’ worth of information in the download folder, everyone has digital junk

 

All unwanted and forgotten files are considered liabilities, a danger to you and your valuable digital information. In the event your digital devices are hacked, stolen, and/or lost, holding onto accounts and files you do not want and/or need opens you up to all kinds of risks. So, cleaning your digital devices is important when securing them.

 

So, where do you start your digital “spring cleaning”?

  1. Address your physical devices. Devices should be cleaned, destroyed, and disposed of properly. Only after you go through all the data and back-up what you want to keep.
  2. Go through your desktop and all your documents. It is important to go through and get rid of any old documents containing personal information, such as: medical and banking information.
  3. Delete any emails you don’t need or want. With your email being the data center of your online life, secure the emails you want to keep and delete the ones that you do not want.
  4. Cancel any account you no longer use. Before deleting any software, clean out and close the account. By doing so, this makes sure the company retains the smallest amount of information as possible about you. It also prevents any more information about you from being collected.
  5. Cancel any email account you no longer use.

 

If you have any questions about Data Security, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Security, or Computer Forensics contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.


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“If You Don’t Use It You Lose It”

Hello blast readers,

The average person has often come to define themselves by the mobile devices he or she uses. Many marketing campaigns from Apple and Android have attempted to unify a person’s identity with the smart If you dont use it you lose itdevice they utilize.

If you walk into most office settings the one consistency is that every person has a mobile device somewhere on his or her desk. As mobile devices have become more and more depended on a common problem has arisen. This problem is data loss. The most frustrating dilemma facing an untrained Mobile device user is how to prevent data loss. The solution?

Always backup your data. This process is easier said than done. There are intricacies involved with this process. For instance should I backup my device to a computer or to the cloud? Well that depends on the following:

  1. Do you own the computer you plan to backup your device on?
  2. Do you have enough storage on the cloud?
  3. Do you own the phone that you wish to backup?

Lets start with “Do you own the computer you plan to backup your device on?” This is an important question to ask yourself before acting. If you are planning to use a company computer to backup your personal device you may run into big problems in the long run. If your time at this company comes to an end any of your personal data still residing on the company computer belongs to the company. The company can hire forensic experts to come in and extract the backup of your phone. So if you don’t own the computer do not back up to it!

The next important question to ask is do I have enough storage space on my cloud. This is important to know since companies do not offer unlimited cloud storage to their customers. The business of cloud storage is a booming business and companies like apple and Google want their cut, so no Free Storage For You!

Another important question to ask is do I want to tie my personal Apple/Google ID to a company phone. It is important to try to keep personal and business separate, because if you use a company provided phone for personal business then the company in turn has ownership and access to anything done on THEIR PHONE.

With a better understanding of these intricacies, the most important thing to know is always backup your phone. If you have questions regarding Phone backups, or if you are interested in watching a Help Me Howard Segment Featuring FDS Global’s insight into this process please visit: http://fds.global/multimedia/ or Contact us at our office.