Data privacy is a huge issue in today's world and something we should all be mindful of. Here are some tips to help you protect your data:
- Be sure to use strong passwords for all of your accounts.
Create different passwords for each of your online accounts and update them regularly. A password should be as long as possible to include a combination of letters, numbers, and characters. They should not include any of your personal information like address or phone number.
- Use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
It adds an extra layer of protection by requiring you to provide two pieces of information before granting access. It typically combines a username and password with a code sent to your phone or email.
- Don't click on links or open attachments from unknown senders.
It's best to never click on a link or open an attachment from someone you don't know, as the links can contain malicious viruses or malware, which can compromise your personal information and put your computer at risk. If you're ever unsure of the sender, it's best to contact them first to verify their identity and the legitimacy of the link or attachment.
- Update your network.
Make sure to secure your home Wi-Fi network and other devices so that criminals can’t “eavesdrop” on your online activity. Routers that enable wireless devices to connect to your home internet service are vulnerable also —update your current router’s settings or upgrade to new router with the latest security features.
- Always keep your software and apps up to date.
Make sure your computer and mobile devices are running the latest version of operating systems and software.
- Regularly check your privacy settings.
Regularly review and update your web browser’s privacy preferences, delete any cookies, and clear the cache. You can also update your mobile device and social media privacy settings.
- Be aware of phishing scams and malicious emails.
Many malicious emails contain red flags like making urgent action demands, using poor grammar or requesting login credentials, payment information or sensitive data. If the email states an offers that are too good to be true, it is.