Secure Your Information


With online sites being hacked on a regular basis, I have decided to take additional steps to secure my photos, documents, and financial information. Here are the steps I have taken:

  1. Cloud storage – Boxcryptor encrypts information. Boxcryptor works with Dropbox and other cloud storage services. It is free, but the free version is limited to one cloud service and two devices, such as smart phones and computers. At this time, the free version is good enough for me. The premium unlimited personal version is $48/year.
  2. Passwords – LastPass manages passwords. Like many people, I had a number of different passwords that I was reusing on multiple sites. Now I can use unique, high-security passwords on all web sites. I opted for the premium version ($12/year) since I want to use my iPhone, as well as on my computer.

While nothing is totally secure, these steps provide a reasonable balance between security, ease of access, and cost.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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2 Responses to Secure Your Information

  1. Edward Smith says:

    Emails stored on external servers are not secure unless encrypted at source. Binfer does not store emails anywhere. It is a better way to send secure email.

  2. Jeanene Wolfe says:

    January 9, 2015 at 7:39 pm
    I use Historian to organize my photos. I recently signed up for Drop Box per your recommendation. Is there a way to back up from Historian or do I have to back up before I import the photos into the program? Also, can you save a shadow copy to Drop Box?

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