Beaverton- Aug, 06, 2012 – It seems that data theft related incidents are only going to rise as information technology becomes more sophisticated. Just recently Dropbox admitted to being hacked, they revealed that hackers had managed to obtain accesses to user-names and passwords of their users. Hackers then logged into users profiles using those login credentials and stole relevant data. Such incidents highlights that no organization is immune from data theft, let alone individuals. It is becoming more apparent that incidents relating to data theft cannot be avoided unless organizations take extra precautionary measures to protect their data.
This incident has led to a huge embarrassment for Dropbox; as a result, the organization has assured its users by implementing better data security measures. They have set in place a rigid security procedure, which includes an automatic apprehensive behavior detector, as well as a two-step log-in procedure. According to data theft expert Jonathan Ladd, data theft can affect anyone and there are many ways thieves can steal your personal data. Simply failure to shred your bank statements can lead the identity theft or purchasing products with credit cards through an unsecured e-commerce website can expose your credit card information to e-crooks. Ladd further adds, every day we are risking our data and our identities by not being aware of potential probability of data theft, the key to defending data is knowledge, know your enemy and what they are capable of. Finally, Ladd points out another quite disturbing data theft related trend was lost or stolen USB flash drives. Ladd reveals that lost or stolen USB devices often contain personal information. Ladd recommends users should secure USBdrives using portable data security software, engineered to protect data stored on portable drives.