It’s been a year of historical hacks, attacks, ransoms, and even extortion attempts, we're only part way through the year and we've already collectively seen millions of records stolen, and thousands of computers held for ransom by hackers.

While some of these incidents may not have affected you or your company directly, in an ever evolving world where the majority of your information is stored online you need to be aware of ways you can keep your information safe and sound.

Below I’ve listed 5 tips you can take to keep your sensitive information safe, as well as a free option for sending and receiving sensitive data.

1. Use a password vault that generates unique, strong passwords
We all know to not use the same password for more than one website or application, but it can be hard to come up with passwords and know whether they are strong enough.
At The Chiedo Companies we use pwSafe, an easy, secure and full featured password management system. pwSafe not only remembers all of your passwords but will also generate strong and unique passwords and automatically fill them into login fields with the click of a button.

2. Have a two-step verification process
Having a two-step verification process adds another layer of protection for data, which is essential when there are so many devices being connected together with the same username and password. Two step verification allows you to lock specific accounts, which means when you login you will also need to enter a special code that the site texts to your phone.

3. "Lie" when setting up password security questions
A lot of websites ask you common security questions that are supposed to help you recover your account more quickly and allow the website to recognize you. But what is so secure about putting in “your mother’s maiden name?” or, “In what city were you born?”. Anyone can easily find the answers to these questions by doing some Internet research about you.
To make this process more secure,“lie” about the answers to these questions or use a a combination of symbols and numbers.

4. Be careful using Public Wi-Fi
Using a wi-fi network that is unsecured means that it does not require you to enter a password or login credentials to use the network. These “open” networks also involve unencrypted connections, leaving users at great risk. These hotspots are an easy target for hackers trying to steal passwords, credit card information and personal information.
When possible, refrain from using "open" networks or if you do use an open network make sure you have a VPN in place to protect yourself.

5. Keep your papers secure
If you are more traditional and have most of your sensitive documents on paper make sure you are keeping them in a safe place. A safe deposit box at your bank is a good place to start or having a safe in your home that can't be easily removed. If you no longer have use for certain documents make it a habit to shred them, rip them up or cross out any important information.

Need a way to share your sensitive information securely? Check out our newest application SafelyTransfer.
SafelyTransfer is a 1-click encryption tool created by Chiedo Cyber, for sharing sensitive data and files. With SafelyTransfer, you can share your files using email, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts or even a piece of paper. 

If you would like more information on our product or want to try out the free version go to www.safelytransfer.com

As always,

Thanks for reading!