Security

The   thing about security is, if you talk about it, you erode it.  It's not like you'd be handing the keys to the bank to thieves, but there is not a single good argument that can be made in it's favor.  No matter how little you say, the thieves will glean something from it.  So, we're not going to discuss it.  

Suffice it to say, eJournity is a child of necessity.  We all really do need the Private Space provided by eJournity, as well as the piece of mind it delivers for all of us.  For it to be useful, our Private Spaces have to stay private, and easy to access.  We provide that level of security.

If you doubt it, those us at eJournity, our families, friends, neighbors, and business associates use eJournity as their super secure repository. for everything. 

We all hear about Target, Yahoo, the DNC, Twitter, or numerous sites being hacked.  It seems as if the good guys can't build a secure Internet site.  The reality is far from that public impression.  Every day, literally millions of sites operate securely. Banks, hospitals, the police, the military, air traffic control, etc. operate safely day in and day out.  

All of that is true, eJournity provides a secure and private environment - as good as it can be today.  But, It's impossible to say what the future brings; technlogy, especially Inernet technology, is fast evolving.  We work everyday to stay abreast of security issues, we do our level best to ensure that every Member's Vault is Fort Knox - like secure.  It doesn't mean that under all cisrcustances, always, and forever we can guarantee that there will be no security breaches.  Just remember, we, our families, and freinds are Members, as well.  So, any issues impact us immediately. 

The biggest security risk is the user.  Users are careless with their Internet use.  This leads to unauthorized persons obtaining your ID, PIN, and password.   Here are some basic suggestions.

  • Choose passwords that you can easily remember.  If you write down your passwords don't leave them in plain sight, and don't store them in your smartphone, tablet, computer or your top desk drawer.
  • Try passwords that are foreign, or refer to something only known to you. Choosing passwords that can be guessed, such as your birthday, or birthdates of those close to you is considered poor security practice.
  • The longer your password is, the harder it will be to guess. Also, capitalizing letters, substituting numbers or symbols for letters, and using odd symbols will make it much harder to guess or break your passwords.
  • Never use the same password for different accounts. If you don’t want to come up with a slew of  passwords and keep track of them, create a base password, and add a unique tag to it for each account,
  • There is general consensus that frequent password change is good practice.
  • It’s good practice not to click on pop-up ads.
  • Be aware of programs, malware, etc. that can access far too much information in your computers and hand held devices.
  • Don't become another statistic because you opened an attachment, or clicked on a link on an email that appeared legitimate, but was in fact, phishing.
  • Make sure that you use a good firewall, anti-spyware, and anti-virus.  Make sure to scan your computers regularly.
  • Make sure that your router is accessed with a strong password.  It is also recommended that you change the default name of your router.
  • Be very careful on public networks, such as Starbucks, for example.  Make sure network discovery and file sharing is off while on a public network.

These are some general guidelines.  If you aren't familiar with these issues, read a few blogs, watch a video or two, and have a discussion with someone who is knowledgeable, and you trust.