Want to keep it private? 13 Tips to help you protect your privacy
Privacy, being “a state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people” is a rarity in today’s day and age.
Technology innovation and the power of data analytics present tremendous value, but also new challenges. While a digital economy requires businesses to rethink priorities and practices, this doesn’t have to be a burden. Instead, privacy protection should be a practice as fundamental to a business as customer service. Privacy is an essential element of being a good business partner.
The local Central Coast team at CCTS IT Solutions, have put together some top tips for you and your local businesses to put int action to help you protect your privacy.
13 Tips to help you protect your privacy
Secure your passwords
Although like most people, you probably feel like you have too many passwords and can’t keep track of them all, they are however there to protect you. Passwords are the keys to our digital lives. Cybercriminals employ many tactics to try and crack them. To make this task difficult for them, use strong, complicated passwords.
A good password should be at least eight characters long, and use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use full words, names, addresses, phone numbers or any other easily identifiable personal information. Be sure to avoid using the same password across multiple websites as well.
Be conscious of privacy settings
Most apps offer privacy settings for users. This gives you the freedom to know how much and what kind of information is shared. Always choose the least amount of data sharing. Be cautious when sharing your name and location. Turn off location services and deny access to your camera.
Be aware of your digital footprint
Whatever you post online is there forever, even if you delete it from where it was originally posted. A digital footprint is somewhat of a digital paper trail. Forum registrations, videos, photos, just about anything you post will all leave traces of information about yourself online. So, think before you post!
Get reliable security for all your devices
Digital security has a lot to do with digital privacy. If your computer is infected by a virus or malware, not only can hackers dig through your data to steal your identity. The solution? Run an antivirus program to watch for viruses and keep your other software up to date to close security holes. This applies not only to your computer but your mobile devices as well.
Back up your data
Backing up data is often over looked. But it is a very important aspect of data protection. It is essential that you regularly back up your important data and information, from financial records and business plans to customer records and personal information. T
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Secure your browser
Your browser is how you interact with the digital world, and if you aren’t careful, you could be leaving a trail of footprints behind you as you browse.
Watch out for Bluetooth vulnerabilities
Bluetooth technology offers incredible convenience. It also opens doors for security weaknesses. Make sure you turn off your Bluetooth when you are not using it. While there are options to place your Bluetooth activity in an invisible or undetectable mode, there are some malicious apps that can change that mode and expose your device to threats. That’s one more reason to have a security system in place.
Only use secure Wi-Fi connections
Sure, it’s convenient to use the free Wi-Fi service at your local Starbucks, but there’s no telling who is watching that internet traffic. If you use public Wi-Fi, don’t use it to convey private information. Browsing your favourite website is fine but take extra security measures if you’re logging into an account.
Delete data that you no longer use
If you haven’t used a program in months, then uninstall it. If you have a lot of old documents that you don’t access anymore, you can delete those as well, or store them offline on an external hard drive.
Familiarise yourself with phishing and scams
Phishers generally attempt to impersonate a well-known organisation, such as a banking or financial institution, in order to try to obtain your user credentials, or deliver malware to your computer via suspicious links or attachments in email messages. Never click on attachments or links from unknown senders or from suspicious looking emails. Instead, if you think your account is in jeopardy, go directly to the website in question by typing the address into the URL bar in your browser rather than clicking the link in the message.
Ask why others need your information
Whenever you are asked to provide personal information, whether in person, on the phone or online, consider whether you really need to give it out. Sometimes information like your email address and address is used purely for marketing purposes; in that case, expect your real and virtual mailboxes to be packed with junk mail.
Only use software you trust
Whether you are installing new software on your phone or your computer, make sure you are getting it from a source you trust. Legitimate-looking software can sometimes turn out to be a complete scam, ensure anything you download comes from a trusted provider.
Educate your staff to be safe online
Your staff need to be aware of their privacy rights and responsibilities as well as their network access usage. Be specific about the types of online practices that are acceptable when using work computers, devices and emails.
If you need help with effective privacy management, the friendly, professional and highly experienced team at CCTS IT Solutions are here to help, call us today on 1800-244-244.