Many companies are continually struggling to protect customer data from hackers, thieves and other cybersecurity threats. Some firms have begun using biometric data in place of passwords. For example, many banks now allow customers to use fingerprint or iris identification to access bank accounts from mobile devices. This includes Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Google and other technology firms are working to combine biometric information to further strengthen security using information such as eye scans, fingerprints, face shape, voice recognition and even body movement. The prevailing idea is that although a single biometric indicator would not be secure enough by itself, a combination of many such indicators could “result in something more than 10 times as secure as a fingerprint.” And an ancillary promise is that biometric-based security would afford the ultimate in convenience to end users, who would no longer face the challenge of remembering convoluted passwords of their own creation.
You may remember the 2012 LinkedIn data breach, in which 6.5 million LinkedIn user accounts were believed to have been compromised. According to BBC and LinkedIn itself, the number of affected LinkedIn users from that 2012 data breach could actually be upwards of 100 million, or the majority of the 165 million users LinkedIn had in 2012.
Email security has been a hot topic as of late, with last week’s news of a supposed breach of 272 million email usernames and passwords and recent statements made by a hacker who claims to have accessed Hillary Clinton’s private email server two years before the private server’s existence was first reported by the New York Times. In the latter story, the hacker known as “Guccifer” claims he correctly guessed Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s AOL password and used the hacked email account as a stepping stone to Clinton’s private email server.
When sending encrypted email using RMail services, the sender can choose one of the following options: