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January 31, 2013

Protect your Data with Google's New Security Software

By Ashley Caputo, TMCnet Web Editor

While e-mail has helped businesses communicate, collaborate and share content, it has also created an array of security threats that could put their confidential information at risk. It is now more important than ever for businesses to put proper secure e-mail systems in place, along with precautionary education that employees can use to avoid having their e-mail accounts from being hacked.

According to a study done by McAfee, 80 percent of respondents to McAfee's (News - Alert) survey said they have faced large-scale attacks and network infiltration, where as in 2009, that figure stood at just 50 percent.

To address the rising issues of hackers accessing consumers Gmail accounts, which may contain private information, Google has created a feature that notifies users if there is a suspicious log-in attempt. Users can find this feature listed on their account’s security page, where you can link your mobile number and receive text message alerts about their account activity.

Another security solution was created by Abine, with its DeleteMe Mobile app that is available on the market, which serves as a privacy tool, preventing the re-accumulation of personal data due to online tracking. It’s used in conjunction with DoNotTackMe, a free browser add-on that works simultaneously with your Internet to block hundreds of trackers.

It is also very important to take precaution when opening attachments from unknown senders and phishing scams. By utilizing anti-spam filters and anti-virus software, users can protect their e-mail accounts from potential threats.

Along with the issue of software security, the lack of updated privacy laws and protection against data brokers in the growing era of technology is a constant issue at hand. Although these apps provide protection, tons of information has already been stored and sold by data tracking companies in the past. The only way for people’s privacy to be returned and respected is if there is a proper law and litigation process to prosecute hackers of every kind.

Edited by Carlos Olivera
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