Computers and Laptops
Staff use computers to store sensitive personal or work-related information, creating cybersecurity risks, especially as more firms embrace work-from-home arrangements. Laptops are especially vulnerable to theft and can easily fall into the wrong hands. Fortunately, you can protect laptop computers and all the information stored in them with full-disk encryption.
Popular computer operating systems such as Windows and macOS have built-in encryption to help secure your data. BitLocker, the Windows full-disk encryption feature, allows you to encrypt the entire OS drive and other drives mounted to your PC. The built-in macOS FDE tool, FileVault, protects your entire drive.
You can also encrypt your network by using a virtual private network (VPN). This tool offers one of the best ways to protect sensitive information in transit, as a VPN scrambles your internet traffic and routes it through a secure tunnel to keep it secure from online threats. The VPN also hides your IP address so no one can tell your location. In fact, using a VPN for traffic encryption is one of the most effective ways to protect information on the internet.
Every day, we transmit a lot of sensitive data in emails and attachments. If you are not careful, hackers can intercept your emails and steal confidential information. Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of email attacks by encrypting your emails. Most email clients, including Gmail and Outlook, use a secure HTTPS connection.
This means that your emails are encrypted using a standard Transport Layer Security (TLS). Some mainstream email clients use additional encryption standards to keep hackers and other threat actors out of your email communications. Some of the most common encryption standards used by email clients include OpenPGP, GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) and Mailvelope.
Billions of people across the world use popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal to communicate. To ensure privacy, messaging apps come with built-in encryption, which not only improves privacy but also facilitates secure communication. The level of security and privacy varies from one chat app to another. Signal is said to have the most secure protocol out of all the popular messaging apps.
Your legal organization’s information is valuable, which will always make it an attractive target for cyberattacks. But encrypting it is one of the best tools legal professionals can use to protect their clients’ sensitive information and intellectual property.