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How To Keep Your Data Safe Online

Published: 27th August 2019 18:20

 

In a time where the news is constantly filled with alarming cybersecurity stories and people relying so heavily on the internet, it is essential that everyone knows how they can protect their data online. Many people do not know how to stay safe when online, which is incredibly dangerous as a data breach could create significant damage to many areas of your life. The good news is that it is relatively straightforward to protect yourself when online and you only need basic computer knowledge to know how to do so. Follow the above advice, and it will allow you to browse with confidence and keep your data safe at all times.

 

Use A Password Manager

 

It is easy to use the same password for every account and for this to be something basic like your favourite band, but this is dangerous. Instead, you need to have different passwords for different accounts and make these random and complex. You can then manage these with a password manager which will require one master password to access.

 

You can also add another layer of protection with two-factor authentication; this is where there is another verification check after the password, such as a code text to your mobile or answering a security question (“what is your mother’s maiden name?”, for example).

 

Intelligent Browsing

 

There are a handful of cybersecurity scams which people often fall victim to. You need to educate yourself on what these scams are and how you can stay safe while browsing the web. It includes never downloading data from an untrusted source, being cautious of unsolicited emails from unknown senders and never entering sensitive data on suspicious websites.

 

Additionally, you must be smart when using social media and avoid posting any sensitive information online here, even in a private message.

 

Stay Safe On Public WiFi

 

Public WiFi is handy for staying connected while out and about, but you must be cautious whenever you connect because this is not a secured network. It means that you should never input sensitive data, such as a banking transaction. It is also an intelligent idea to use a high-quality firewall when on public WiFi and to use a VPN to create a secure network.

 

Cybersecurity Solutions

 

One of the most important steps to take is to invest in a reliable cybersecurity solution from a specialist like mcafee.com. Doing so will provide a strong first line of defence against all forms of digital threats, but you need to make sure that it is kept up to date and that you have regular scans scheduled. While this will provide strong protection, you still need to make sure that you are cautious and safe whenever online and know other methods for protecting your data.

 

Cybercrime is a growing global problem and one that affects both individuals and businesses. It is important for every user to take action and to know how to protect themselves so that they do not fall victim to cybercrime, which could impact your life in more ways than one. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to protect your data online, and the above strategies are the main methods for staying safe.

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