Raimund Genes (CTO – Trend Micro) explains why Africa will be the next safe harbor for cybercriminals, how law enforcement will respond to cybercriminals in the coming years, and why data breaches and politically motivated attacks continue, if not become more destructive, in 2013. http://trso.co/C0B8B4images

Encrypt files for free – Windows

AxCrypt is the answer.

AxCrypt is the leading open source file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to compress, encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files.

They have received 2,786,209 registrations, so it is tried and proven!

AxCrypt is a great complement to services such as DropboxLive MeshSkyDrive and Box.net .

Read more or download from this website:

http://www.axantum.com/AxCrypt/Default.html

How to create a password-protected (encrypted) disk image

An encrypted disk image works just like a regular disk image but requires a password to open and become available (“mount”). You can move files to or from an encrypted disk image as easily as you can from a non-encrypted disk image. Follow these steps to create an encrypted disk image:

  1. Open Disk Utility (located in /Applications/Utilities/).
  2. Click the New Image button, or choose File > New > Blank Disk Image.
  3. Type a name in the Save As field. This name will be used for the disk image (.dmg) file.
  4. Change the save destination if you wish.
  5. Select a size for the disk image file from the Size pop-up menu.
  6. Choose a different volume format if you don’t want to use the default Mac OS X Extended (Journaled).
  7. Choose an image format. You can use “sparse disk image” for a disk image that only uses as much space as it needs, rather than a set amount of space. If you’re not sure, use “read/write disk image” choice.
  8. Choose 128-bit AES encryption (and/or 256-bit AES in Mac OS X v10.5 or later) from the Encryption pop-up menu to encrypt the image’s contents with a password. If you don’t choose an encryption, your new image won’t be encrypted.
  9. Click the Create button.
  10. Enter and verify a good password in the dialog window that appears. This password will be saved in your keychain by default, or you can deselect “Remember password (add to keychain)” if you don’t want it saved. You can store the password in the keychain for convenience.
  11. Click OK.

Important: If you forget the password, data stored in the encrypted disk image cannot be retrieved. If you have saved the password in the keychain, the password will be available to you there.

What security measures should I take to protect the personal data I hold?

ICO – Information Commissioner’s Office:

Top tips on how to protect the personal data you hold.

For computer security: 

  • Install a firewall and virus-checking on your computers.
  • Make sure that your operating system is set up to receive automatic updates.
  • Protect your computer by downloading the latest patches or security updates, which should cover vulnerabilities.
  • Only allow your staff access to the information they need to do their job and don’t let them share passwords.
  • Encrypt any personal information held electronically that would cause damage or distress if it were lost or stolen.
  • Take regular back-ups of the information on your computer system and keep them in a separate place so that if you lose your computers, you don’t lose the information.
  • Securely remove all personal information before disposing of old computers (by using technology or destroying the hard disk).
  • Consider installing an anti-spyware tool. Spyware is the generic name given to programs that are designed to secretly monitor your activities on your computer. Spyware can be unwittingly installed within other file and program downloads, and their use is often malicious. They can capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details, then relay them back to fraudsters. Anti-spyware helps to monitor and protect your computer from spyware threats, and it is often free to use and update

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