Data Privacy Day: How to stay safe online

In the spirit of Data Privacy day, our team bring you their top tips for protecting your data and personal information online.

The proliferation of devices, social networking sites, apps, personalised marketing and tracking tools, and more means that your data is a commodity in hot demand, both by legitimate and criminal businesses.

Knowing how to protect your devices and your data is a necessary skill for navigating increasingly digital lives. Data Privacy day is observed to help raise awareness around data rights and protection and how you can safeguard yours.

Our Top 6 Data Privacy Tips

Choose Strong Passwords.

Passwords with combinations of letters, characters and numbers are harder to crack.  Don’t use passwords that are easy to guess like your birthday or your children’s names.  Don’t use the same password for multiple sites or apps.

Encrypt Your Personal Data.

If you’re sending personal data over email or via the web, make sure the channel you’re using is secure, or use secure FTP sites.  Put passwords on documents that contain personal information.

Avoid Oversharing on Social Media.

The more personal information you share on social media, the easier for hackers and cybercriminals to anticipate your behaviour, crack your passwords and commit personal identity fraud. 

 

Use a VPN to Browse Anonymously.

More and more people are using VPNs to ensure that both legitimate businesses and cybercriminals can’t track their online behaviour. Consider your digital footprint and what your activities online could tell someone about you.

 

Be Wary of Public Wi-Fi Networks.

Public networks are easy to crack and monitor. Never ever access banking apps or sensitive personal information on public networks.

Keep Your OS and Software up to Date.

The latest software includes the latest security.  Keeping your OS and software up to date helps to close any loopholes cybercriminals may be exploiting.

Bonus Tips!

Be aware of the permissions you have given apps.

Only give apps what they need to function in order to avoid giving them too much information.

Enable a multiple factor authentication.

Whenever possible, try to use a multiple factor authentication for logging into those more secure apps and websites to ensure hackers can’t login. Even if they managed one password it is unlikely they could get through another.

Don’t save your login information to the browser.

When logging into private accounts, it is important to remember your logins or store them somewhere difficult to find to avoid unwanted logins by other people using that browser.

Data privacy and security is only going to become more of an issue, so learning how to protect yourself and your devices is just the smart thing to do.