IT Security Tip #12 – Dropbox and file-sync-and-share programs

IT Security Tip #12: The DANGERS of FREE Dropbox and other file sync and share (FSS) apps

If you’re using the free version of Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or other consumer-grade file sync and sharing cloud applications, listen up! These applications pose a huge threat to your company because company data can be spread far and wide without central oversight of what information is being shared with whom. Further, well over 60 MILLION Dropbox accounts have been hacked, giving cybercriminals a path into the company’s network or any other resource for which you may (likely) be using the same password for.

This is even MORE important if your company has access to and/or stores financial, medical or other sensitive data. Using file-sharing applications like these are VERY LIKELY a direct violation of data breach and compliance laws. Bottom line, DON’T USE THEM FOR COMPANY DATA and use only company-approved, business-grade file-sharing applications.

If you don’t have a resource for this, we can provide you a very secure, unlimited user, 1 terabyte Datto Drive account at no cost for a year ($120/yr after first year). Datto Drive has the potential to be secured as part of your HIPAA or other regulatory compliance plan. Email or call us for more info or sign yourself up here (no credit card info required): http://www.coleinformatics.dreamhosters.com/dattodrive.

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