Digital Life 2017
How To Protect Your Privacy Online
5 internet safety tips to make you feel extra secure in this digital world
Being secure is not being weak, it’s ensuring that your digital life and the things that are precious to you stay safe and are always available. This is important for everyone: from a student to a parent to a prominent businessperson. Knowing how to protect your privacy online and making sure that you and what you care about is secure is the only way to move forward confidently.
Here are 5 internet safety tips to make you feel extra secure in this digital life and world:
1. Use Passwords
Don’t leave your phone or computer unlocked. Having an unlocked device means that anyone can gain access. It means that if your device is stolen, that the thieves can easily wipe your drive clean, or even use your data against you. And it also means that your information is at risk. Thieves will have a bigger incentive to steal your specific device over someone else’s. Think of some unique password ideas for each device to make sure that curious friends or potential thieves don’t have access to your information.
2. Store Information Properly
Storing information wrong can mean that you lose information. Not labelling your information – from documents to photographs – and using appropriate metadata can mean that you lose your ability to find them, even if nothing goes wrong with your hard drive. There are many ways to store information. Using a redundant array of independent disks is great way to protect your information in the case of drive failure. Use this RAID calculator to see the capabilities of your system.
3. Use Multiple Passwords
Companies get hacked all the time, and they get hacked for your information. The worst part is that most companies won’t tell you that they have been hacked at all. This puts your information at risk. For instance, if you use the same password for any website as you do for checking your bank account information, the hackers now have access to your online banking. Keep every password separate and unique, and it won’t matter if someone hacks a company – because that password is valid only for that one company. Whether your information with them is at risk or not, however, is another story.
4. Set Up a Two Step Verification
Many companies and systems now have two step verification options. This means that, even if someone does have your password, they can’t access your account unless they also have your phone. This is how you will protect yourself, and know when a hacker is trying to get in.
5. Have Security Systems in Place
Having an online security system is how you can protect yourself from online viruses. Run a weekly or monthly full system scan so that you can flush out anything that your system missed, and you will protect yourself in the long run.
Being secure in today’s digital age is important for everyone – even children. Knowing how to protect your devices, your information, and your privacy is just another part of living today. Being extra secure when it comes to your digital information is how you will protect yourself and your information.
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