Modern-day encryption is surprisingly effective.

Take the gold standard: AES 256-bit encryption. It’s military-grade, trusted by governments and top security professionals worldwide. The encryption keys use so many number combinations that it’s virtually brute-force proof.

In theory, someone might be able to crack it if they invented a supercomputer or software that doesn’t currently exist. And if they had years to work on it.

But that’s unlikely today, which is why most hackers don’t even bother. They can take down older, less-secure encryption algorithms. However, they wouldn’t even waste their time because they know all about the odds.

Plus, there’s a much easier technique. There’s another alternative that makes sidestepping these airtight encryptions a breeze.

It’s people. Especially, your coworkers and employees.

Here’s why and how to protect yourselves.

Why people are the best target for hackers

Encryption methods are getting stronger. Advanced security measures like two-factor authentication are making it harder and harder for hackers to get what they want. And yet, cyber crime isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s only getting worse.

How can that be?

Ninety percent of workplace attacks start with stolen employee information, according to one study. The scary thing is that there a reported 60,000 daily hacks, too. And fraud instances can happen up to 50 percent of the time, with each costing at least $114,000 to fix each.

People aren’t knowingly careless or negligent. However, there are bad habits or common mistakes that crop up. And they give hackers that tiny little opening they were praying for.

Most of us are guilty of these from time-to-time as well. For example, how many of us use third-party software to hold information? I know I do. Maybe you use a personal email account to send company information. Maybe you use Google Drive or (Read more...)