How to Protect Your Personal Information Online
How much time do you spend using your mobile device? An hour, two, or maybe three? It might surprise you to learn that the average amount of time US adults spend on their mobile device is three and a half hours. That figure doesn’t include computers and other Internet-connected devices. When you’re online, you also need to think about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. It makes sense to protect your personal information from those who might want to steal it and cause you harm. Here are some simple ways you can protect your personal information.
Create Strong and Unique Passwords for Your Online Accounts
How many online accounts do you have with different companies? Do you use the same login credentials for each one? Imagine this scenario. One of the companies suffers a data breach. If you’ve only got one online account,it’s not much of a problem. However, if you have several other online accounts with the same login credentials,you could be giving hackers access to all your other accounts. It makes sense, therefore, to have unique passwords for each of your accounts. This might seem rather inconvenient. How are you going to remember them all? Consider using a password tracker to keep track of them all for you.
Limit Social Media Sharing
If you share a lot on social media,this could be putting your personal information in the wrong hands. When you’re sharing, pay attention to the privacy settings as well as the pictures and posts. If you’ve got kids that use social media a lot, check their privacy settings as well.
Be Wary of Free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi is very convenient, but when it comes to security, it offers very little. With the right tools, anyone who usesthe same Wi-Fi network could be eavesdropping on your activity. To protect yourself, only log in to your bank account or enter credit card details when you’re certain the network you’re using is secure. Even password-protected networks are only as safe as the people who have the password. As well as leaving yourself wide open to the threat of identity theft, you are also at risk of viruses and malware. This can easily happen if you operate on your phone without antivirus software.
Don’t Click on Links or Attachments
Cybercriminals have become very adept at fooling people into clicking on links that are supposedly from their bank, telephone provider, tax service, electric or gas company. Before you click, think. Are there any spelling mistakes in the message? Does the email address look right? Has the communication come out-of-the-blue? If you’re at all uncertain, don’t risk it.
One last tip to consider…
Should your computer become infected or it crashes, the only way to recover your lost data is by backing it up. Do it on a regular basis and any mislaid or accidentally deleted file can always be recovered.
Keep these tips in mind,and you’ll be able to enjoy the best the digital world has to offer, knowing your devices and the information they contain is safe from any threats.http://www.thetechnologylounge.com/how-to-protect-your-personal-information-online/Web Technology