In the past year 2018, there were a lot of not very good events took place. Some were data breaches, misinformation, malware attacks, etc. Also, personalised advertising can fall in these events though some people will argue it. That is not what this article is going to talk about. This article is going to highlight a few simple tricks that will help you to keep your digital life secure.
As we start this year, we want to be safe from all these digital attacks or even keep them to the minimal.
How to protect you digital environment
Passwords are the keys to our digital universe. Losing these keys could mean major problems. How do you then keep your password safe from prying eyes? It is the same good old advices. Use longer passwords including numbers and symbols.
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Then comes the “do not re-use the same password for multiple accounts” advice. This is one simple trick that has been with us for a while now is but people still don’t use. Some people use one password for their Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, etc. Doing this places you next losing your whole online life. To be safer, just use different password for each of your accounts.
If you can’t remember multiple passwords, then the next advice follows – password managers. Password managers keep all your passwords in one place and again locks them, so that you’ll be on the only who can access them. It is a better option than re-using your passcodes for other accounts.
2. Always update your apps
This is one of the simple ways to stay safe in your digital environment. Keeping your software up-to-date on both your desktop and mobile devices is one of the best advices a security expert will give you. This is because software makers don’t always know of a vulnerability. And you may not also know what flaw they are fixing when they release an update. So it is ideal you keep your apps always updated. It may even protect you from attacks that affect flaws in older versions.
3. Multi-factor authentication
Add another layer of security to digital space. This encompasses your financial, email, and social media accounts. This can add a lot of protection to accounts.
Multi-factor authentications are the security systems that usually send you a 6-digit code when logging in to an account. You then key in this code to assure the system that you are the actual owner of the account.
4. Set limits for your apps and online services, then stick to those boundaries!
Yes, you need to set boundaries for your apps. Simply choose for your apps and online services what kind of personal data you want to share with them. And you need to stick to those limits, else everything is zero.
Not only apps and online services are getting these boundaries. Set limits for some discussions online, especially with people you know little or nothing of. Just bounce out of such out of bounds discussions.
This really calls for self-discipline.
5. Do not keep apps you do not use
Generally, most mobile apps gather information on you. It could be information like you location data, online searches, sites you visits, etc. It could also be more private data like your email address, contact lists, and things like that.
Some of these apps share or even sell your collected data to other entities, mostly advertising and marketing companies.
In this light, if you do not use a certain app anymore, it is better to uninstall it. When it gets to the point you may need it you just go OS’ app market and re-install it. It is a better idea to delete such apps that risk giving away free data for nothing.
With these few simple tricks, you should be able to fairly safeguard your digital world and have an enjoyable experience.