Your personal data is all over the place. Details about your bank accounts and other sensitive details about you lie about on papers all over your house of place of work. More so, a lot of information about you has now found a new home online. All the things you post on social media and the details you post on specific websites remain online.
Protect data by doing the following 7 simple things
Use unique passwords
The strength of your passwords usually indicates how secure you are. Strong passwords are difficult for anyone to crack. There are so many ways on how you can create strong passwords. Always use passwords which are unique concerning the way they combine numbers and letters and which you can remember at any time. You can also use a password manager to help you generate unique passwords for your multiple sites. When you use a password manager, you still have to create one master password. Make sure that your master password is strong.
Never share your personal information
You will receive calls from fellows purporting to work for a particular organisation asking you to provide details about an account. The fellows may claim that there is a security breach in one of your accounts and that all they want to do is fix the breach when you confirm your details. As much as this may sound unbelievable, many people fall for such tricks. Do not ever share your personal details with fellows you do not recognise. On most occasions, those are scammers who are out to steal your personal information and even money.
Make sure that your browser is up to date
Browser companies constantly update the security features of their websites. The companies usually focus on increasing the capability of their web browsers to overcome specific types of malware that target to corrupt the way the browsers work. You will be safer when you use an up to date browser. Make sure that you use the current version of your web browser. Also, when you receive notifications about security updates from your browser company, make a point of installing them.
Destroy your online data
This is an ambitious step. Currently, we do not have software that we can use to destroy the data that we upload online completely. Deleting your accounts on social media sites only makes your data invisible. It does not remove all the data from servers. However, we shall soon have specific programs which we can use to erase all the data that we post online completely.
Store your documents in a safe place
Most of your personal information is on hard documents. The problem is that you may not be paying much attention to the way you keep your documents. Many people leave their documents such as bank statements and even passports anywhere. When you do this, unauthorised persons may access your personal information with ease. To avoid this from taking place, make sure that you store all your documents in one safe place. Be very careful with your documents and you will protect your data forever.
Destroy the documents you don’t use
Your bills and bank statements contain a lot of information about you. You may not know it; criminals may use the information to gain access to your private life. Therefore, to prevent this from occurring, you need to make a habit of destroying all the documents that you do not use.
Use a reliable antivirus program
Make sure that your antivirus program is up to date. A good antivirus program works to protect you against all forms of malware. For example, it protects you against worms and other types of malware that hackers may send to you. Also, it protects you against spyware that third parties may use to gather information about your habits.
Use these seven simple habits to protect data and maintain your personal privacy and security at all times.