For such a small device, flash drives can cause gargantuan security problems to its owners. I read stories about government agencies and institution who suffered data breach due to unencrypted memory devices. Needless to say, this kind of incident can endanger the lives of people involved, especially if the device contains delicate information if it got to the wrong hands.
Individuals are also not safe in this kind of attack. In fact, they are the most vulnerable since they don’t have the capacity to protect themselves when data breach is concern. And a simple unencrypted flash drive or memory card can branch out to different problems like identity theft and other fraudulent acts that may use the data stored in your stolen device. In worst case scenarios, it can lead to serious and heinous crimes like stalking, kidnapping, and such.
But there are simple tips or reminders that you can follow and bear to mind to protect your dear files. These things are quite simple but simple and little things can save you in the long run.
- Do not leave your devices unattended. Do you often see the “Do not leave your valuables unattended” sign?