Today’s world is entirely different from the past. Before the Internet era, only a few organizations, such as railways, hospital, etc, had access to your personal information. And they did not store it all on computer disks. Even if they did, there was no problem because they were not connected to the Internet. That was the story of the past. That was before the emergence of social media, mobile computing, the cloud, big data and analytics, smartphones, tablets, IoT, and particularly hackers in every corner of the world.
This article discusses some methods to help you to take protective measures to prevent strangers from stealing your data. To protect your data from strangers, you need to strengthen your privacy walls by following the ideas given below:
- Secure your social media accounts
Make a list of your accounts (Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.) and choose which ones you need and which ones you can delete. Change the passwords for each. Consider creating hard-to-break secret codes using a password manager. See which accounts with two-factor authentication provide an extra layer of security.
- Don’t use browsing center
Avoid going to browsing center. You never know who was there before you. Not only could a hacker be nearby to use the available Wi-Fi to spy on you, but the previous user may have set up a trap to intercept your data when you go online. It is always better to use your own laptop.
- Protect your device with VPN
It is safer to protect your device with a virtual private network (VPN). Use VPN whenever you are online. Ensure your VPN account is active before you use the Internet. Hackers cannot steal and read your data transmissions when you are using the Internet with VPN. Unless you have protected your device with VPN, do not use free Wi-Fi.
- Avoid data sharing
Avoid filling online or paper forms. Be cautious about who you are giving data and why. Don’t share your personal details with anyone. It is wise to cut back on data sharing.
- Install software up to date
It is always better to keep operating systems and software up to date. Whenever there is new software for your device, update immediately. Installing software up to date is one of the best ways to protect yourself from being hacked.
- Use off-line backup service
Consider this as a safety deposit box to make a copy of your data, which is encrypted and stored on secure, high-storage capacity server computers. If your data stored on the computer is ever corrupted, you can easily retrieve the backup copy.
It is your responsibility to protect yourself from online threats by making smart decisions because we are living in a world where privacy is an increasingly rare commodity. Since anything can happen to anyone at any time, you have to be more careful and close all the unwanted online windows and doors so that online thieves should not enter.