If you don’t know how to keep data private online, you need to read this and apply it immediately to keep your cyber information secure.
Technology has made it so easy for us to live our lives nowadays. We have all kinds of information at our fingertips.
Gone are the days we carry around a small address book to keep everyone’s numbers and addresses. Everything is stored in our phones.
Most of us would have an online bank account to carry out transactions. We also would have spent a lot of money online, booking flight tickets, buying clothes, trading investments and more.
This means a lot of our data is stored online. Which also means that we are susceptible to a breach of data privacy if we do not protect ourselves online.
How to keep your personal information safe online, here are 9 ways to do it:
1. Create strong passwords and change them often.
Don’t ever use your mobile number, IC number, your own name and easily hackable passwords like those. Try not to save your password in the autofill manager in your devices if possible. If you really need to, use a secure password manager to do it.
2. Choose privacy settings to tailor your needs.
Facebook has it, many apps have it, you just need to know how to make sure you have the right settings in place. Control who sees what data to keep what you want private.
3. Ensure your mobile is always locked when not in use.
Turn on the auto-lock feature on your mobile phone. So in the event you lose your phone, it is locked and cannot be accessed. Set a strong passcode for your mobile phone as well.
4. Backup your data on reliable software.
If you’re going to backup your data, ensure you’re doing it on a safe cloud or perhaps, go old school and use a backup hard drive with a passcode.
5. Make sure you have anti-theft apps in place.
Install tracking apps on your mobile phone and your laptop to ensure you are able to find your device if it is stolen. Certain apps allow you to do a total factory reset on your phone remotely in the event you are unable to retrieve it.
6. Be careful what you do on your phone.
Avoid clicking on spam emails, web ads and other viruses that might be sent through other apps on your phone.
7. Turn off your Bluetooth when not in use.
If you keep your Bluetooth on all the time, you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to malicious activity by strangers. Turn it off when you’re not using it to prevent any viruses or hacking.
8. Always update your operating system.
Once a new update is released, download it and install it immediately. Typically, when your operator releases an update, it helps keep your phone more secure than before.
9. Try to avoid public WiFi.
Unless absolutely necessary, try not to go on public WiFi networks at airports, train stations, hotels, cafes and other public places. This leaves you susceptible to being hacked and having your information stolen. Hackers often use this common method to retrieve credit card details saved on your phone.
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