KoolSpan U: Weekly Word Wednesday – Snake Oil

Snake oil refers to the fraudulent claims made by vendors of data encryption products.

Over the past few years there has been a spike in the number of incidents of data theft, which is why protected sensitive information has become a top priority for organizations and individuals everywhere. One of the best solutions is data encryption, which comes in the form of software and hardware, however it is important that you are using the proper products and not being sold something that doesn’t actually protect you and your data.

Snake oil gets its name from the mid-19th century, when salesman began marketing the Chinese medicine “snake oil” as a cure for essentially anything and everything, and ultimately became synonymous with something “fraudulent” or “bogus.” Often vendors of a snake oil product may use “technospeak” to avoid giving any real, understandable information to users. They also often claim that their so-called “unbreakable” algorithms are part of a secret system, and thus any flaws or mistakes can go unnoticed for long periods of time while vendors continue to make sales. Ultimately, users are warned to stay away from data encryption products that tell users to simply trust that they work without providing any technical explanation or evidence otherwise.

It is important that you can trust your encryption products, and the only way that you will be able to trust it is to know how it works. At KoolSpan we encourage our customers to ask us many questions about the technology behind our products so that they know exactly what they are getting and how it works. This level of transparency allows us to show our customers that they are getting a great product and not snake oil. If you ever have any questions or concerns about our products, feel free to contact us at anytime.