Smart and Easy Ways to Protect Your Digital Life

Jun 08, 2017 | 5:05 pm

Published by | Payal Gautam

Even though you don’t realize it, your identity is all over the internet. Whether you posted to an internet forum in 1996 or you ever endured a MySpace page, these details are still out there, in addition, to protect it. There are some quick and simple ways that you can protect your digital life:

1. Alter Passwords – The first thing you should do is ensure you are regularly changing passwords. Make your security passwords difficult to guess, and a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Also, make sure that you are safeguarding your account when resetting passwords. For instance, you should have to reply to “knowledge-based authentication questions” before making a change.

2. Have a Look at Accounts Activity – Many companies allow users to check out their recent activity. Google, Facebook, and Twitter are three examples. If perhaps something seems misplaced, survey it, immediately.

3. Close Accounts You Don’t Use – Do you have an old MySpace page? Would you start blogger and never use it? If therefore, go and delete those accounts before they get hacked.

4. Avoid Share Too Much – So what do you share online? Will you be getting too personal? Hackers can use personal information, such your birthday, or even favorite sports activities team, to get into your accounts. This is especially the case if you use this information in your passwords or in your password reset or knowledge based authentication questions.

5. Make use of a VPN – With all of the speak about internet security making headlines, the safest way to gain access to general public Wi-Fi is by using a VPN. A VPN, or virtual private network, encrypts your information.

6. Avoid share account passwords – STOP THE MADNESS! Although you might think is actually cute to share a social media account with your spouse, it’s also dangerous. A lot more people who have access to your accounts, the higher the chances of getting hacked.

7. Choose Trusted Contacts – Make sure to choose a couple of friends or family members as trusted contacts. That way, if you get started out of your sociable media accounts, they (meaning their email or mobile#) can help you settle back in.

8. Update All of Your Software – Finally, make sure that you are updating all of your software such as your OS, apps, or even Office docs when prompted. Don’t let those updates wait. Many of them contain important security updates, too.