As more and more of your life moves online, it is important to consider your digital privacy. Is your online material really safe, or is it at risk? Even as recently as last year there have been some major data breaches at big named companies. Hackers and malware are out on force every day, many people have fallen prey to them already.
But criminals are not the only ones after your digital information. Marketers are also very good at monetising ways to get the personal data you use every day by simply using the web. Fortunately, there are some easy ways you can protect your digital privacy from the world and also from those with impure intentions.
If we all take these 4 easy steps we can enforce the message that privacy matters…
4 Easy Steps To Protect Digital Privacy…
1: Update Your Devices
Manufacturers are on top of the constant threats to digital privacy. So, they will release updates to their software when they see a need. The easiest way to keep your data safe is to keep your device software updated. That includes your phone, tablet, computer, laptop and even gaming machines.
After you install an update, it is a good idea to whip in and check that your security settings haven’t changed. While most manufacturers are good at advising you when updates are released, it can still be a good idea to check for updates every month.
2: Use Two Factor Authentication
Many online resources offer two-factor authentication. That means they need you to input your password, but also verify your ID in another way. This can be via text, phone app, a fob card, a fingerprint, voice file, or facial recognition.
Utilising two-factor authentication basically makes your password useless to hackers, as they only have half of the piece to the puzzle.
3: Use A Password Manager
Most of us are guilty of using the same password everywhere. And it is usually a simple password so that you can remember it. This is really dangerous if someone gets hold of your central password. They will then be able to access everyone of your online resources.
A password manager is like a virtual vault that holds all of your passwords in one place. You can use a different complicated password for each of your online places and not have to worry about remembering them. You will just need to remember one master password for your password manager.
4: Prioritise Privacy
Make a point of prioritising your privacy. Every time you set up a new app or login, check your privacy settings. Ensure they are set to the highest levels. This not only protects you from hackers, but also from companies that mine for online information.
This is particularly important when installing apps on your devices. If it wants access to your device’s microphone, contacts list or location and you aren’t sure why, it is best to be cautious.
Using strong digital privacy will not only protect you, but it starts to convey the message that privacy is important to everyone. If we all choose to take these measures then the world will be a safer place. We will have increased protection from criminal elements, and spread the word that we will not put up with just anyone having access to our private information.