Most of us only worry about our cyber security when something happens. Data leaks and hacks are continuing to grow in number and size, the global average for a data breach is $3.83 million, but the average cost of a data breach in the United States has hit an all-time high of $8.64 million (2020).
Here is the average cost per compromised record by data type:
Customer PII – $175
Anonymized Customer Data – $171
Employee PII – $163
Intellectual Property – $151
Other Corporate Data – $150
Stop choosing one or two digital security techniques, here are 7 digital privacy tools we all need now!
VPN: A VPN is a “virtual private network,” which routes all of your internet traffic through a secure server that hides where you’ve browsed–and even where you are located.
A private Web Browser: Brave is far away the best option. Firefox and Opera are also decent options.
A Secure Messaging Application: Messaging apps that support end-to-end encryption prevent third-parties, even the companies that run the messaging service, from reading your messages. My Favorite is Signal
An encrypted hard drive/USB Thumb Drive: Search BitLocker
Lastly, a Data Destroyer: Is deleting a file really deleting it? .... CCleaner is a great option
Ponemon Institute. Cost of Data Breach Study. 2020