Why should you protect your data online? The fact is that even though the advent of technology made numerous things convenient for us, it has disadvantages as well. Hackers are posting a threat to technological advancement.
There have been innumerable hacking incidents and there is always a risk for your information to be leaked. The government’s data is not even completely safe and must be protected against such activities.
To make sure that protect your data, you need to be vigilant and take extra measures. This article lists 5 ways to protect your data online:
1. Set Strong Passwords
This may seem like a very basic and generic piece of advice, that you might neglect it. As it is always said that prevention is better than cure, you should make sure that your account is fully protected enough not to worry about hackers.
Use almost 12 characters in your password with upper case, lower case letters, digits and special characters — these are considered as strong passwords.
The most common mistake is to have the same password for every account. This is very dangerous and may create privacy breaches for you. People do this because it is easier not to forget their passwords, but don’t think about the consequences they may face.
2. Two-Step Verification
Online websites and online bank accounts have an option for a two-step verification or authentication. This feature protects your device from your phone and informs you of an unusual activity with your account. This feature generates a pin code or password and sends it to your mobile number. If you allow the login from your phone, then the new source is approved.
In sensitive financial transactions, banks generate codes that lock the face of the transaction and can only be revealed by you because you know the password. This system double checks your transaction or any other activity and makes sure that it is only you who approves any activity to be done from your account.
3. Don’t Give Away Your Personal Information
People are often naive and give away their personal information to callers who claim they’re from their bank. They convince people to give out information like ATM pins, social security number or credit card sequences. This is extremely dangerous. Never give away information like that and know that such institutions never ask for your sensitive information over the phone.
Institutions warn people to not give away critical information even if the call seems to be from a very credible source. Be alert and hang up immediately.
Sometimes, a website asks for your personal information for their service, you must give it out to secure websites. Businesses deal with all kinds of sensitive data so their cyber security mechanisms should be well up to par to protect it from hackers.
4. Allow Auto Updates
The online sites that we use are designed in such a way that their owners make changes every now and then, for example Facebook. They send notifications to remind us about their upgrade. Most of us often ignore this do not take this seriously, but we should.
Updates should be set on auto to avoid delaying updates manually. These companies change their codes and encryptions periodically to stay ahead of hackers. To stay safe, you must comply with the update requests.
5. Keep Up With the Compromised Websites
There are a plethora of websites that keep track of the compromised sites and give you updates and the latest information about minor breaches in their security.
This keeps you informed and allows you to take corrective measures. If the magnitude of the breach is large, you may want to delete your account on the website and remove your personal information from the site.
If the breach is minor, you can just change your password and look for any unusual patterns in your account. Whatever the magnitude of the activity is, it gives you an idea of what you are dealing with and help you solve the issue.
Your personal information can be hacked and used against you without your consent. It is always advisable and wise to stay vigilant for any unusual activities from your account or sites that you use.
Do not take these changes for granted and keep ahead of these schemes. The above mentioned ways are quite practical and simple. Make sure that you follow them well.
They help keep the privacy of your information safe and to protect your data. Remember to report any suspicious activities regarding information safety immediately.
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