How to Keep Your Personal Data Safe
Everyday we hear of sites being hacked and data stolen, or you might even know someone whose data has been hacked or stolen. But there are some steps you can follow to keep your personal data safer online. Here’s 5 tips you can use to keep your personal data safe online.
Use Proactive Software
Geek Squad states that using software which can stop attacks is a basic and important requirement to keep your data safe. This software includes anti-malware and anti-virus software. You should also keep this software updated to ensure that it can keep the data as safe as possible.
Be Careful When Using Wi-Fi
Digital Guardian advises that you should be extremely careful when you use public Wi-Fi. Don’t send sensitive information when you use public Wi-Fi as your information can be intercepted and stolen. Don’t do online banking over public networks.
Use Website Privacy Settings
You should make use of websites’ privacy settings, especially on your social media accounts. You shouldn’t put sensitive information like your ID number on the internet. When you make sure that only certain people can see your data on social media (like Facebook), keeping your data safe is much easier.
Keep Passwords Safe
To keep your passwords safe, you shouldn’t save your passwords online. You should also make sure that you sign out of your accounts when you’ve finished using them – especially when you use public computers.
Keep Your Email Safe
Don’t open emails from people you don’t know, as they can contain viruses and malware. Your bank will never ask you to send information via email. Make sure that you don’t get caught by phishing and other scams.
These are just a few steps you can take to keep your information safe online. While no-one can be 100% safe, you can do your very best to ensure that you are as safe as possible.
Author: Carin Marais
Carin Marais writes web articles, guest and blog posts, and fiction. With interests ranging from pop culture and technology to literature, mythology and archaeology, her writing covers diverse subjects. To contact Carin for articles and guest posts, or to read her work, go to her home page, her blog Hersenskim or follow her on Twitter @CarinMarais.