As we move into a phase where lines between what we want to share and what we do not are blurred, there’s a serious question that needs to be asked. Is anything safe on the internet?
Even after the infamous court hearing on Facebook, questions only began to increase. How do we protect our information online? Although a 100% safety cannot be guaranteed, a few necessary steps can be taken to ensure our data is safe online.
Update Your Devices
By keeping your devices up to date, the better known exploits in these devices may be fixed. Applications that store your data should also be kept up-to-date.
Having an antivirus software always helps.
Two-Factor authentication is one where there are two layers of security. One is usually the password whereas the other could be another measure of protection, say, a personal question or a pin number. Use these wherever possible as a password leak will only result in a one layer breach.
Backing up data into a separate, isolated harddrive can help you protect yourself in a ransomware attack in which all your data will be useless and encrypted.
Lock Screen Notifications
Turn any lock screen notification off as a primary precaution to prevent your data from being leaked by people around you.
Avoid “Freemail” Services
Stop using email services that provide free storage and start using email where you pay for the service itself. Freemail services may tend to outsource data to private companies.
Do not back your data into the cloud. But if you do use the cloud, encrypt them at all costs.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Turn off all wireless functionalities like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Bluetooth is known to be an easy access point to a device. Be wary of Wi-Fi networks that have no passwords linked to them.
Do not use the same password repeatedly for different accounts. Invest in a password manager. Using the same password could lead to leaking of data from every single one of your accounts from various websites.
Avoid Fax Machines
Faxing should be avoided if the information you’re sending is sensitive since you can never be sure of if the recipient is the person you intended them to be.
While accessing bank accounts through the internet, make sure to utilise a virtual keyboard to mask keystrokes. PIN numbers while shopping online must be avoided at all costs. Make use of OTPs instead.
Following these handy tips will partially ensure your data wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. But if they do, take necessary steps and change passwords as soon as possible to prevent further leakage of data.