CONVENIENCE V/S SECURITY- CAN WE HAVE BOTH?

50 billion new devices are joining the Internet this year. That’s 50 billion new ways to bring your life and work into being accessible by cybercriminals. To decrease identity theft, we need better protection methods. Let’s talk about why convenience always wins so then you can make an educated decision on what if security takes over.

It’s been long said that a measure against a rare event is greater than a deterrent (read: Preventative Maintenance) because they’re too difficult to track, rarely addressed and the consequences are catastrophic! The article then proceeds to highlight a few resolutions – Acquire new methods of protection and defend yourself from breaches before they happen. Now let us see if you can work along with both Convenience and Security.

Does Security Triumph Over Convenience?

Security is the most critical focus for all of us. Security is about the safety, privacy, and security of your sensitive data. But keeping in mind, we must also balance it with what’s most convenient in the use. This positive-negative balance will help you to get an idea about which one catches your attention more!

Today a world without hacking seems like a fantasy, if we can’t even secure our phone numbers, then there is no hope of protecting our business or government data.

What Is The Convenience v/s Cyber Security Debate?

Maximum times, the consumers have to decide between Convenience and Security. For instance, it may be easier to use a password that is simple enough, while also easy to remember. This type of password is also easily hacked by cybercriminals who have access to computer algorithms and programming. Even popular sites like Facebook or Gmail ask for information like your pet’s name, childhood nickname, or inside jokes when you sign up for an account to make the process more in-person – even though all of this can be found with a little bit of research on your name and location.

How Can Customers Have The Convenience And Still Maintain a Credible Reputation?

Make it easy for security audits. When customers get audited, the auditor should not be able to access any confidential data simply by clicking on a file. For example, if an outsider were to click on an image of a document and it opened up in word, the information could be seen or copied by the auditor. Make sure that applications with sensitive data require login even if accessed from outside the company. Security measures like these will show your customers they can have convenience while maintaining their company’s security.

Why Convenience Can Be Dangerous Without Security

When we blindly seek convenience, we are opening ourselves up to an array of security risks. There is the risk of a data breach in which someone steals information off one’s phone. Theft can also be rampant in more densely populated areas, with over 40% of people who died in vehicular accidents during the first half of 2016 killed due to theft of their vehicle. Our laziness may eventually kill us as we might ignore traffic lights while glancing at our phones. Lastly, people feel pressured by these expectations and end up driving under the influence, presenting dangers as well. As convenience has become the norm, we have lost the assurance of security.

Putting It All Together

No matter what we do, technology will continue to exist and make it easier for thieves to take advantage of the unsuspecting public. It’s our responsibility to protect what’s ours and be aware at all times to prevent irreparable damages related to theft.

The rise of hackers, malware, and viruses has driven the need to improve cyber security measures. Proving to be creative yet again and like always, the world is searching for new ways to balance convenience and security. Researchers are now focusing on the rapidly developing field of biometrics to protect systems without relying on passwords that users might provide over insecure channels; face recognition, fingerprint identification, voice verification, retina scanning, etc.