As thieves become more sophisticated, securing sensitive information is an essential part of any business. Robbers no longer have to wear a ski mask and attack in the dead of the night. With a just a few keystrokes, unscrupulous persons can take away everything that you have worked years to build with your self storage business in a matter of minutes. The recent Heartbleed debacle has left many major companies scrambling to fix the problem that has left lots of sensitive data exposed.
In layman’s terms, Heartbleed is a security bug that has recently affected software known as OpenSSL, which is used for security on most popular web servers. Think of it as the software that is responsible for encrypting the sensitive information, such as usernames and passwords, while you transfer it from your computer to a website. Recently, it was discovered that it was possible to retrieve the encrypted information from the web server without leaving a trace.
The security bug has since been fixed but there is still no way of knowing which web servers were affected. Therefore, your self storage facility’s sensitive information might be affected. Since there is no way to know for certain, the best course of action is to take as many steps to secure your information from this point in time.
A strong password is essential when it comes to online security so this is the first place you should start. Change all the passwords that you use for online banking and email. Most major websites have been sending out email reminders to let users know they should change their passwords. Even if you have no received an email alert, go ahead and change all your passwords so you can be on the safe side.
Another way to further amp up security in the wake of this fiasco is to enable two-step authentication on all accounts that have this feather. Google, Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Apple, Paypal, and WordPress are just a few of the many sites that allow users to login only after a code (usually sent to a phone) is entered in addition to a password. By using two-step authentication, even if your password becomes compromised, no one can access your account without first entering the code sent to your phone.
Remember, you are not just charged with protecting the sensitive information of your self storage business but also that of your customers as well. The Heartbleed bug can access credit card information and other customer data as well. Take all the necessary precautions when it comes to online security and we’ll keep you updated regularly on everything you need to know as this issue develops.