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Snapchat to heighten app security

Snapchat to heighten app security

posted in Cyber-Security ● 6 Jan 2014

Following a breach of nearly 5 million user accounts and phone numbers; Snapchat has announced plans to update the app and heighten security. The breach stemmed from the app’s ‘find friends’ feature which allows users to upload their address book to display user accounts which match the phone numbers in the users contacts.Succeeding the warning from Gibson Security, Snapchat claimed to have introduced various safeguards to prevent this occurring. Unfortunately, hackers were still able to appropriate the data and publish it online.Snapchat has since promised an update that allows users to opt-out of the ‘find friends’ search as well as updating other security features. However is it too little too late? The data breach has harmed the company’s image and the extent to which growth and company value has been affected is as yet unknown.Customer security should never come second and it is vital for companies to take this issue seriously. Data breaches can occur at any time and cause large amounts of negative media coverage and customer backlash. If found to be in breach of data protection, the company can face heavy fines and criminal prosecutions also.The Data Protection Act requires any personal information held by a company to be stored in an appropriate format. Can you risk not securely encrypting your data? Are you willing to risk long term reputation damage, loss of business and expensive fines?When storing data with Redstor, data is encrypted at your site, prior to transit, and only you have access to the encryption key. This means no one, not even us, can access your data. We store data in 2 geographically separate UK locations and once the data is on our platform it remains encrypted at all times. Redstor is 100% privately UK owned and based, and can guarantee your data privacy will not be breached.Security and data protection are at the forefront of Redstor’s offerings and we promise full compliance with the Data Protection Act. Redstor’s range of secure, encrypted services for the public and private sectors ensure that the burden of maintaining compliance with the Data Protection Act is made easier and can be achieved more cost-effectively. Redstor’s Online Backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our Centrastor service enables organisations to store and share files securely online and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date.

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