Nothing is more shattering than seeing your most sensitive information online. What will you do if you see images, files, bank account info, and everything online with no consent of yours? We usually see news about various celebs and politicians who aren’t much careful, and their private data gets leaked.
Sometimes, famous figures pass out their personal information which isn’t made for public use. They become an easy prey for the online predators. Sometimes people aren’t aware of the information they are passing on; it can spread like fire on the web.
Protecting sensitive information online should be a matter of concern for everyone, not just the prominent figures. Keep all of your data in a secure place to avoid further disastrous episodes. Follow these steps:
- Generate quirky passwords
Most of the people, even the smartest ones make this same mistake of using similar passwords for all of their online transactions. They don’t realise its consequences. It is quite challenging to maintain a record of different passwords and usernames for various services. You can take help of certain password managing apps. It safely handles all of your multiple passwords. Users can put all of their passwords in a single database that is usually protected with a unique master key. Users need to remember just a unique password to unzip the whole of the database.
- Don’t let the misconception harm you
Certain online websites like DropBox are quite helpful in keeping your sensitive details protected. But none of them comes with100% guarantee of protecting your info secure for ages. If you are aware of the sensitivity of your data, then you must encode it. Don’t worry; there are certain apps like BoxCryptor that will serve you free of cost.
- Try not to share your Information online
You must have known about those games and apps that ask for a lot of information concerning you. They will ask for your birthday, your name and sometimes your favorite Hollywood celebs. What do they do of this personal information, they make huge money out of it. Company use that content in profit generating. You can use certain apps such as BugMeNot if you want to secure your privacy.
- Be more concerned about your privacy
Everyone knows by now that providing your personal information online is a big no. Plenty of people don’t realise that a little piece of information put all together can make a complete scenario. It is known as doxxing, and it is getting problematic day by day. As many people access each of the accounts with a similar username. If you want to restrict this, then be really attentive while delivering information about you and try to use different usernames and passwords for different accounts.
- Log out of all the sites
You never know from where the threat can actually surprise you. Suppose that during the lunch break you decided to inquire about your bank details and you left that page open. How much time is needed for taking a snapshot? Now, this will be something hazardous as you have many things happening at once, for ex- logins, emails, sensitive pieces of information etc. Ensure your privacy yourself, log out of each site whenever you are working on a PC. Follow that famous saying- Prevention is better than the Cure.
Lucia Mandela is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats. Has passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.