The internet is a fantastic tool and it is hard to think how different our daily lives would be without it. We rely on the web for so many parts of our lives that it is easy to take it for granted and become complacent regarding our personal security.
Most of us will have online bank accounts, shopping accounts, social media and even medical records stored online. Whilst this is considered safe and most websites and apps consider security very carefully you should always be security aware to ensure your information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Here are some our web-wizard’s best tips to help you to stay safe online.
Two types of risk
There are two types of digital security risks that could be relevant to you and to your businesses. These are malicious and unintentional. Malicious threats involve the deliberate theft of your account information, such as passwords and bank details. Unintentional threats are essentially the accidents that might happen such as you leaving your mobile phone on the subway and someone gaining access to your details. Consider protecting yourself against both of these types of risks.
Work out which data needs to be safe
It might help you to take time out to consider all of your personal data that could be at risk. Assess exactly what you have stored online in terms of apps and websites. This may be addresses and bank details to calendars and schedules. Prioritise the data that you think should be kept most secure. This will probably include your financial and health information. Once you know exactly where this information is kept, it will be easier to keep it safe. You may want to invest in additional security measures for these high priority accounts and websites.
Ensure your network is protected
Malware is software that is malicious and can cause damage to your devices with out you being aware. The first step in being secure online is protecting your sensitive data from malware. This can include buying a firewall or security software. These can help protect you from hacking attempts and ultimately identity theft.
Choosing the best protection
You would be wise to select security software includes awareness on location access. This means you can track where your information is being accessed from and can help you to isolate any unusual activity. You will want to consider choosing a network provider with high quality reviews of its own built in security. Pay attention to the reviews of apps that you download to ensure they do not compromise any security measures you already have in place.
Storing your data safely
You will definitely want to consider storing your data in a secure manner. Investigate the safety levels of systems like ‘cloud’ and ‘dropbox’ and ensure they meet your needs. Always have a backup of your data in a second secure location.
Remember, although the risk of your information being hacked has very severe consequences, the occurence of this happening to you is low. Do not worry too much on a daily basis about the threat of identity theft but ensure you are taking all necessary precautious to keep your data sensitive.
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