How Safe Is Your Startup’s Proprietary Information?

April 25, 2012

11:00 am

This huge number should probably come as no surprise, but it’s still rather unnerving: Nearly 12 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2011.  With so many of us storing proprietary information on not only our laptops, which we lug through cities and airports, but also our mobile devices, which we bring everywhere, we could probably all do a better job of keeping our information safe.

We have been hearing “choose a password that is 8 characters long and contains upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols – and never use the same password twice” for how many years?  Gee, thanks, got it.   Now that I have 183 passwords, how do I remember them?

There are a lot of cloud-based applications out there that help keep your passwords safe, but SplashData offers a lot more features than most.  It is basically a digital safe for everything, not just your passwords.  We’re talking settings, documents, IDs, account numbers, etc. – and it organizes everything so you can actually find a document or password.

With a built-in sharing system, you can also share sensitive information via an encrypted email, whether it’s from computer to computer or smartphone to tablet – perfect for startup teams who may not even be in the same city.  An entire department within a company can have shared records that no one else can see.

Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said that security is increasingly focusing on mobile devices:

So many people are storing sensitive info, including contact info and emails, on their mobile devices – smartphones and tablets.  Hacking into mobile devices is easier than you think, because most have a 4 digit password.

His suggestion for stronger passwords that aren’t so convoluted they don’t even resemble words?  Create pass phrases instead in which you string together words, like carparkcity or dogeatbone.

Meanwhile, check out SplashData and give it a shot – might not only make your online life safer, but easier as well.

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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