We live in a world of modern technology, online communications; in a world where the Internet rules. On the one hand, it gives us the ability to quickly and productively look for information, communicate with colleagues and friends, and even perform job assignments.
But on the other hand, we can no longer feel completely safe, because all our data is on the network and is often not well protected. So, in our time, any personal files can get into public access.
Many people do not think about the consequences of getting such content in public access. But in fact, it is worth considering. Disclosure of personal information can lead to all kinds of frauds, blackmail and even a threat to life.
In this article, I have mentioned four tips on how to protect your data online.
1. Only strong passwords
As you know, any information, page, the account can and should be put under the password. Passwords should be taken very seriously because this is the only direct protection of your content, privacy. Make sure your password is secure. Many websites make an alert if your password is not reliable enough – “Weak password”. But, on some pages, the reliability of the parole depends only on you. Here are a few simple tips for creating a password:
- Do not use your birth date, your name, surname and other commonly known facts to create a password.
- The more symbols a password contains, the less likely is to hack it.
- Use many numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters in a different order.
- Use unique passwords for different accounts.
Note that you need to remember all the passwords that you create. It’s clear that recognising each one will be hard, so take notes by hand or on a computer. Or you can use password managers. Do not disclose your passwords. Your password is your security.
2. Do not share personal data on the Internet
One of the most common mistakes is to be too outspoken on the net. That is, to spread information about your personal life, career, property in social networks. First you need to understand what is “personal information” – it is info that has only private character and should not be disclosed; for example passport data, passwords, bank accounts, the place of residence, the amount of real estate, and the like. Also to this content belong files of an intimate and provocative nature – photo/video materials. Such data can be used for blackmail and extortion. The above information should not be included in the network. Do not be too frank in your accounts. Also, it may be worth making your profiles more private by closing them. “Private account” is a page to which there is no public access, you can access it only by sending a subscription request.
3. Check the people you are dealing with
Unfortunately, your privacy and security are not always up to you. In any case, in life, there are times when you need to deal with some person, and you need to trust him with your personal information. Here comes the moment “trust but verify.” Nowadays, it is dangerous to completely trust people, because there is a large percentage of scammers. In order not to get caught on a scam, it’s enough to perform some simple actions:
- If you met a person online, then, to begin with, we need to make sure that his personal page is not a fake. To do this, simply upload a photo from his account to Google Image Search. This way you will know whether this photo really belongs to this person and on what other web-pages it is used.
- If you have a phone number of the potential colleague, you can use phone number lookup services. With them, you will be able to find out the email address, location, social media profiles, and even criminal records by the phone number of the owner. This action will help you find pitfalls.
4. Clear your browsing data
You can learn all the secrets of a person with the help of the search history in the browser. Indeed, the information that we google can point to our personal, provocative, and, in some cases, intimate moments. Your browser saves cookies, all queries and can serve as a source for ill-wishers. Just take the habit of cleaning the history of the browser, it only takes 5 minutes. Do this procedure with all the search engines that you use: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and so on. Instructions on how to quickly clear the browsing history can be found here.
Unfortunately, in the modern world, it is challenging to remain a private person. If you are not careful with personal data, then anyone with a gadget and minimal knowledge will be able to find compromising information on you or just info from which he/she can take benefit. But your safety is in your hands. Use the tips from my article and always be on the alert.