Laptop Backup Security Threats At Public WiFi Hotspots


Storagepipe CDP is one of the most robust and secure laptop backup solutions on the market.

When designing CDP, we made a very big deal about security.

First, all of the data packets are encrypted using very strong 256 Bit AES encryption using a key that’s only know to the end-user. This way, we can’t decrypt the data once it’s on our servers. After that, the packets are encrypted a second time using a Secure Socket Layer connection. This is the same kind of connection that banks use when transmitting credit card information.

We’ll often get end-users asking us why we use 2 layers of very strong encryption when just one should be sufficient. And this video should help explain one of the many reasons why we have to take these extra precautions to protect our customer privacy.

Mobile computing is happening, and it’s coming to your company whether you like it or not.

Your employees want to work away from the office using laptops and mobile devices. And in order to stay competitive and remain productive, your organization needs to adapt to this trend.

Having said that, it’s a big scary world out there, and your users will be exposed to a number of unique threats when they try to access company systems from external networks.

In particular, WiFi hotspots – such as those offered by coffee shops, airports, and shopping malls – are very attractive to hackers.

Anything that your computer broadcasts on one of these publicly accessible networks – including sensitive financial information, backup data and passwords – can be picked up by anyone else on the networks that might be using a packet sniffer.

Many people think that they can protect themselves by backing up over a secure SSL connection and only logging in from secure web sites. But even this isn’t enough.

Hackers can use the wireless cards on their computer to trick you or your machine into thinking that they are a WiFi access point. This is called a Man-in-the-Middle attack, because they are placing themselves between you and the secure connection you are trying to access.

With a man-in-the-middle attack, the hacker can still listen in on all of your online interactions while giving the end-user the impression that they are on a secured or encrypted connection.

As you can see from this scenario, backing up over a secure encrypted connection is not enough to stop hackers from accessing sensitive corporate data. That’s why Storagepipe’s CDP online backup uses 2 layers of encryption. First, the data blocks are encrypted from the client-side using very strong 256 Bit AES encryption, and then the encrypted data packets are transferred over a secure socket layer connection.

If this secure connection should happen to be exploited, the packets will be unreadable by the hacker.

If your users are accessing important corporate data and applications from free wireless hotspots, make sure that they do so through a Virtual Private Network which adds an extra layer of security to their connection. Also, make sure that whatever online backup service you choose has the robust security features to keep you protected, even on an exploited network connection.

But even if all of your online activity is intercepted through one of these networks, you can at least take comfort in the knowledge that your backups will remain safe.

Thank you for taking the time to watch this video.

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