Be aware! Standard email indeed isn’t safe for sending high-value personal information such as credit card or passport numbers.
So how could you securely send your passport numbers or credit card to a travel agent, then?
Cybersecurity researchers warn that there is no 100% safe way to send your personal information across the Internet, anyone who promises 100% safe delivery is either lying or delusional, why not both.
These are the top three expert steps for securely sending someone your personal information:
First step: Always use an app that has end-to-end encryption
Choose encrypted phone apps to protect your text messages. Experts find the following apps exceptionally useful for securely sending personal information:
– WhatsApp, used by more than 1.5 billion people. WhatsApp’s encryption is provided by Open Whisper Systems, which makes its own end-to-end encryption text and voice app, Signal.
– Signal has two main advantages over WhatsApp. It doesn’t store any metadata of its chats, while WhatsApp does. Signal has the auto-delete messages feature.
– Wire works on Android, iOS, and desktops. Main Wire’s advantage is that it doesn’t require your phone number to use the service.
– Wickr is another end-to-end encrypted app which also allows users to delete messages they’ve sent. The main downside of Wickr is that it runs only on iOS and Android
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Second step: Use email only if it is a must
If you must use email you must strongly consider learning about Pretty Good Privacy. But the PGP main downside is that it only works if it is used correctly, and has different instructions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you have to send important documents or files store them in a password-protected ZIP file and don’t share the password over the same email, choose another method of sending it.
Always choose to use same email network as the recipient, and watch to be encrypted with their own systems. For example, stick to Gmail, if your recipient is using Gmail too, the content of the messages will be protected by default.
Third step: Ask as many questions as you can in order to keep everything clear and out of danger before sending data
Good control questions include:
– Are the data you transmit and the databases that store it encrypted on disk?
– Is access to your information prober protected, or does everybody use the same username and password?
Be aware! If the data isn’t encrypted on disk and at rest, and if there’s only one username and password for accessing customer data, never ever send any kind of sensitive data to such travel agent.
We will continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber-attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.