In the modern world it is so difficult to protect yourself - you need to be constantly alert. So here are some tips on how to protect your information:
1. Sites with https protection
The http protocol is used by websites of companies and institutions that do not want or do not have the ability to secure user information. The letter “S” at the end of the protocol means that the encrypted data will not be in the hands of third parties and cyber fraudsters.
2. Secret questions are prohibited!
Mother's maiden name? Favorite color? Dog's name? It would seem the perfect way to protect your data. No matter how wrong! In the world of social networking, facebook and instagram, your friends may even know your location, not to mention more simple things that are easy to guess, just by examining your personal profile. Keep track of what you publish and know how to filter information in social networks.
3. Use different passwords for accounts
"If you know my password, then you know all my passwords." Familiar, but such an actual joke. Sometimes there is not enough imagination to come up with a more original password, and sometimes we are just lazy - this is true. But C’mon, what kind of laziness can we talk about when your credit card passwords, personal photos and correspondence are at stake?
Set priorities and better once again save a new combination in the notes, than risk your safety.
4. Update software.
Software is your foundation for life in the digital world. Thanks to it, your gadgets and the Internet work. Time in cyberspace flies faster than real, so it is important to update your software on time. The fact is that viruses and surveillance systems are finding new and new loopholes in outdated software. Without updating it in time, you question your security and endanger your personal data on your computer.
5. Public Wi-Fi at gunpoint
Before you connect your gadget to public wi-fi in establishments, disable access to your personal computer files. A great option for a secure connection - VPN. It will protect against suspicious sites and secure the connection. The same applies to wi-fi with passwords. Remember: trust only your own provider.
6. Social networks
Everyone likes to share news on social networks. There are a lot of bloggers and single personalities for whom life is one big film. However, this information is greatly appreciated by criminals. So they can guess your password, they can pretend to be you, or use your information to enter your pages. Learn to manage your life on the Internet correctly.
7. Filter mail
Yes, we know that unwanted emails are often sent to the Spam folder automatically. And yes, we know that the service notifies us of potential threats and phishing. However, check the letters you receive. Do not click on suspicious links and do not download extraneous files to your computer. It may be a virus or malware that you do not want to endure.
8. Take Suspicious Media Seriously
Do not connect untested USB drives to your computer and do not download unknown files on Bluetooth. When you need to download the necessary files, do it only from reliable computers and drives.
9. Do not lose your gadget.
Suppose you have installed all sorts of applications for security, connected fingerprint and face identification - it could be anything. But what will you do if you lose it? Even the most protected information can be opened if your device is in the hands of a stranger. Connect the program "find my phone" or link all accounts on the phone and computer. Wear devices in bright cases, do not turn off notifications and sound to make it easier to find. Keep your GPS turned on.
10. Do not download the application from anywhere
There are a huge number of platforms for downloading applications and programs - Apple Store, Google Play, Steam and much more. Moreover, most of them are free. Do not save on security and download applications only from trusted sources. Nothing bad will happen to you if you pay for photoshop or music subscription - but the developer or the author will receive his reward, and you will be confident in the quality of the product.
And finally, the results!
The main thing that we learned from this article: use a VPN for reliable connection, treat your information on the Internet responsibly and do not save your resources for security - in the modern world it definitely will not hurt you.