The IMC Magazine Issue 18 / August 2016 - Page 4

Editorial

Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks With Encryption

IMC Magazine Staff

Mark Lamdanski - Editor

Carol Riordan - Lead Editor/Design

Kiva Johns-Adkins - Contributor of Behind the Music

Diana Barnes - Contributor of INN a New York Minute

Beth Fedornak - Guest Writer

Carlos Gnipp - Conributor

Randy Skaggs - Contributor

Megan Garzone - Photographer/Contributor

Neil Derek - Contributor

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Much has been made about encryption and why it's important to keeping your information safe. Yet, even after massive data breaches at major corporations (that you most likely frequent or have a connection to), it still remains one of those items that never quite seems to make it off your to-do list.

Consider this: According to an article in The New York Times last year, half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers in 2014 alone. In an attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people. This follows on the heels of a massive data breach last year at health insurer Anthem Inc., in which almost 79 million people had their personal information compromised, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The problem is that the internet was never built for security. And with our mobile, on-the-go environment, experts say it's no wonder that the idea of privacy is just that these days -- an idea.

"The way technology is woven into our daily lives, you can't do without it," Amy Danker, an employee at Epic Wines and Spirits, told the Oakland Tribune in a recent interview. "So what's your other option? Are you gonna go back to a pager? I just assume that all my private information is already available through IP address. You don't even think privacy exists, because it doesn't anymore, right?"

The good news is that it doesn't have to happen to you, and the answer is simple and cost-efficient.

The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an internet security software and technology company.