How to protect your online privacy?

Illegal government surveillance programs, cyber crimes, online frauds, spam, etc, are now part of today's digital era, affecting people’s lives professionally as well as personally. It is annoying but true that you do not actually have absolute control over who might be watching you online. The discovery of illicit domestic surveillance programs undertaken by government agencies like National Security Agency (NSA) has brought peoples attentions towards protecting online privacy more than ever before. While non-profit organizations like Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF) has been playing active role to bring those illegal spying activities back within the frame of law, you can also definitely enforce some security measures to protect your privacy: 

Measure your online activities

Evaluating your online activities is the foremost crucial task towards protecting your online privacy. You need to assess what personal or private data you are storing, sharing, on your computer/mobile devices or online platforms. It is important to identify the value of your information and analyze the risks such as: how safe is your data offline or online? What can happen if your private data is compromised? These are some basic questions you can evaluate so you can take necessary steps to solve your online privacy issues. 

Use original & latest anti-virus software, browsers, etc.

There are a number of illicit and malicious programs such as viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, etc, that can make your system compromised, intrude your privacy and steal your confidential information. So, installing genuine and latest anti-virus software is critically important to protect your devices from such threats. 

Establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

An anti-virus certainly defends your system from malicious programs but can't secure your internet communications and other browsing sessions. Here, a virtual private network can extend your protection by masking your IP address and by encrypting all your internet communications. This will protect you from malicious hackers who attempt to break into your system. 

Enforce a strong password

To prevent unauthorized access to your system, you should choose a strong password string that can never easily be cracked malicious hackers. And also do not use one common password for multiple services because if one service becomes compromised then you would lose control of other remaining services as well. 

Stay up-to-date with the current tools, methods and technology

You can reduce the risks for spam, fraud, identity theft, etc, by becoming more educated on the leading tools, and methods available in the digital world. You should learn and follow various security rules as well be careful what to share on social networking sites or how to identify a spam email links, or any new methods to secure your browser sessions, network connection, etc.

urchase a managed data security device.

Go to  Buckeye Shield Test and test your network.  If you see holes or breaches by running this test, Contact Us and we will go over a simple and inexpensive way to resolve your issues with security.  There is also a 50K guarantee for having this device. Prices start at $49 a month and go to $139 a month.  

Why Your Small Business Needs the MDS Cyber Breach Guarantee

Why Your Small Business Needs the MDS Cyber Breach Guarantee

The average cost of a data breach incident keeps going up and is around $3.8 million right now. Most companies are not able to sustain after that type of loss. A recent study sponsored by IBM found that the two sectors with the highest cost per stolen records was healthcare with retail following close behind. Each lost or stolen record that contained sensitive or confidential information averaged $145-$154 per record. This study spanned 11 countries and 350 companies.  The study also showed that the purchase of insurance could reduce the cost of the data breach. MyDigitalShield just released the news that we now offer free MDS Data Breach Guarantee, backed by Assurant, for all commercial V-Shield Subscriptions.

Read the press release here for the full details: Assurant Partners with MyDigitalShield to Offer Small Businesses Protection against Data Breaches

The MDS Data Breach Guarantee includes reimbursement of costs related to, but not limited to:

  • Data Restoration
  • Systems Restoration
  • Customer Notification
  • Public Relations Expense
  • Customer Credit Monitoring

It’s no wonder that MDS decided to guarantee a service that we are so confident about. As an additional benefit with MyDigitalShield’s cloud-based security platform, the MDS Data Breach Guarantee that is backed by Assurant, covers up to $50,000 for impacted businesses, at no additional cost to the users. With more than 700 U.S. businesses reported experiencing a data breach just last year alone, we felt that this partnership was an added level of security to our customers.

Read this next: Cyber Insurance: Do You Need It?

“Together with Assurant, we’ve developed a full-service solution to one of the real pain points for a small business today,” said Andrew Bagrin, CEO, MyDigitalShield. “Our multi-layered security filters and protects data traffic through any gateway, blocking threats and malware. Assurant brings an important, added layer of financial protection in support of our data breach guarantee, helping us to make our clients whole in the unlikely event that a breach does occur.”


Why offer this guarantee now? MDS knows that hackers tend to target small businesses most often, as they have far less cyber security practices in place, compared to large companies. Business leaders have quickly realized that cyber security is not just an IT issue, but an issue that the company needs to plan for in case a cyber attack occurs. Most cyber insurance companies policies cost on average $1,000 per year for small companies. Larger companies that have more accessibility for vulnerabilities, can expect to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a cyber insurance policy.

Cyber insurance companies predict that this niche insurance market will triple to $7.5 billion over the next five years!

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