Mark Allen, veteran entrepreneur, and Gary Ellis, marketing and sales professional and graphic design entrepreneur, were in the studio today to talk about LockboxData.com, and online safe deposit box for personal, confidential information and documents that can be accessed from anywhere.
Gary and Mark have been friends for years and attend the same church. Â After founding the company, Mark approached Gary this year to help take LockBoxData.com from a developed concept to a marketable business.
Mark talked about how he created Secure Data Systems with Todd Cormack. Todd came up with this idea when his sonâ€™s computer crashed. Disasters like that, make you think – wouldnâ€™t it be nice to have somewhere you could store all the important data you might need. So Todd and Mark worked on this concept for several years, developing it as different situations occurred.
Then Hurricane Katrina really showed the team the value a product like this could have in the marketplace. After all, when your hard drive is washed out to seaâ€¦youâ€™ve lost it. Katrina victims also learned everything in safe deposit boxes were turned to mush, along with all the documents in their homes.
First Mark and Gary talked about how LockBoxData.com works – itâ€™s really like an online safe deposit box. Mark and Todd built it so you can download, scan or even fax your important documents and data into your account. LockBoxData.com is an encrypted service monitored daily by Trust Guard a third party online security service.
When you sign up for an account you receive a personal encryption key that encrypts your data a second time. The encrypted data is stored in multiple offsite server farms to again assure information is safe and protected.
You set up and manage your account just like you would your computer files. You set and name the folders like you want them, then you download your documents, place them into your folders. For security,
LockBoxData.com will send you an email every time your account is opened.
We then talked about why people need something like this.Â Everyone who works on a computer knows to always save your documents; you never know when something might happen.Â Itâ€™s kind of that way with life,we just never know when something might happen.
Generally in a family, one of the parties handles the majority of the family business, â€œwhat ifâ€ something happened to that person, would the other know where to locate all the important or critical documents.
Studies have shown millions of dollars are left in bank accounts because something happens to the account owner and no knows about it.
What if you lost all your passwords, lost important personal or family documents, it just goes on and on. There will be a point for all of us, when itâ€™s not â€œwhat ifâ€ but â€œwhenâ€.
For those whose grandparents or parents are still living, who knows where their important information is located in a time of stress or death.
Mark and Gary spoke about why data security has suddenly become so important for people.
People have so much stuff these days, we canâ€™t keep up with it all. Whether youâ€™re in college or retired, you need somewhere to keep your documents and data where you can easily access them. The world is becoming all internet, online business and transactions. We worry about viruses, hard drive crashed and look for back up resources. There are several out there, some are for documents like Lockboxdata, and others for hard-drive backup.Â Once again, the â€œWhat ifâ€ creeps upâ€¦what if your apartment or home burned up, that external hard-drive wonâ€™t do you a lot of good, or the boxes in the attic. â€œWhat ifâ€™ you were on vacation or out of the country and needed a document, could you easily access it?
Mark told the story of when his family went to England, and lost their passports on the way from the airport to the hotel, and how his LockBoxData.com account allowed him to download copies of the passports to take to the embassy.Â In a couple of hours they had new passports and were able to travel on to France and enjoy the rest of their trip.
Mark and Gary next explained how people can purchase a box.Â They also explained the residual monthly income opportunity for people who work LockBoxData.com as a business.
Thanks Gary and Mark coming into the studio today to talk about LockBoxData.com and how it can be a valuable resource for everyone.