Storing Your Faxes Online & Keeping Them Secure
If you wish to switch to online faxing then you open yourself up to numerous security risks. Many of these are the typical ones that you would associate with the Internet, such as hackers, viruses and the theft of data. The threats aimed at online faxing are constantly evolving, much like conventional computer viruses, but the network administrators and providers of online faxing services work very hard to keep on top of the threat.
The best thing you can do, firstly, to protect yourself against such threats is to sign up with a reputable provider. It is particularly valuable for a provider to place value in archiving your data. Whatever the level of service you require from online faxing, your service provider is bound by their terms of service to offer you a secure environment.
There are several sources of security threat to your online fax data, and it is important to be aware of the ones that are genuine:
• Hackers: People that can hack into your account are one of the biggest threats to the integrity of your data. However, one shouldn’t fret too much about the threat of this, as suitable security and Internet protocol measures can successfully secure your data from the most resourceful of hackers.
Most Internet security experts exploit their knowledge of the typical tricks and techniques favoured by the hacker to create a safe environment for you to work in. It is also possible to use such typical and well-known security techniques as data encryption in order to keep your information safe.
• Viruses: Computer viruses pose a problem that can escalate pretty quickly from merely one errant download. Once a virus has wormed its way into your hard drive, it can very quickly set about duplicating itself; damaging files and attacking your system’s memory. However, most providers attempt to negate this by storing all of your documents on a secure server. This prevents you from the need to pay to have files recovered from a damaged hard drive in the event of a virus attack.
• Disgruntled Employees: Some might argue that this is one of the most dangerous threats of all. Should a former worker with an axe to grind exit your company with access to all of your servers with his previous passwords then the individual obviously has potential access to all of your business data. The larger your company is, the more likelihood that this might happen, due to the potentially high turnover of staff. However, online faxing providers can deal with this by quickly changing the passwords to your accounts.
• Equipment Malfunction: Basic physical breakdown of equipment, for example a complete hard drive crash, can cause data to either be unusable, or to be essentially trapped within a useless machine. However, web hosting will enable files to be available regardless of any hardware difficulties.
In addition to the above, changing your business arrangements from traditional to online faxing will add in extra security to your company. There will be no further problems with illegible pages, documents being available for public view, or signature forgery which can be issues with traditional faxing. The documents are simply shot straight from one person to another via TIFF or PDF file. Both TIFFs and PDFs file formats are also very difficult to alter, making forging exceptionally difficult. Furthermore, one can grant secure access to the recipients of documents, building in another layer of security to the process. Finally, online faxing pretty much ends the need for filing cabinets, removing sensitive and secure physical documents from your office.