Technology and the internet have become an indispensable part of modern life as more and more family members are using the internet for communication, entertainment, and information gathering.
However, to have a safe online experience, it’s essential to know how to protect yourself from cyber threats like hackers and identity theft.
The personal information of your family and friends can be used for any number of nefarious purposes. Once personal data is accessed, it’s nearly impossible to put the genie back in the bottle.
It’s crucial to know how cyber threats like hackers and identity theft can affect our online experience.
Use reliable anti-virus and anti-malware software to protect your family from online threats like computer viruses, spyware, spam emails, phishing scams etc.
Here are 8 tech rules on how to keep your information online, private.
- Online Safety for Kids
As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your kids how they should be safe when using the internet and also to show them how.
This includes talking about inappropriate places for sensitive discussions, what personal information should NOT be shared online, and personal safety tips when using social media or the internet.
As kids grow up, they will be faced with more challenges online, so it’s vital to keep personal information safe at a young age!
Protect family computers with anti-virus software and a firewall and use strong passwords for online accounts to protect against hacking attempts.
Educate family members on the importance of online safety rules and how to protect themselves from online threats by following these rules:
- Never use a word in its dictionary sense
- Make sure your password is different than others for any one site or service
- Don’t share it with anyone else, even family members
- Change your passwords every few months (or more often)
Always be cautious and keep an eye out for phishing emails that might try to get a family member’s login credentials.
It’s also essential to download security updates on your computer to stay protected from new viruses or malware that could harm the family members’ personal information.
Regularly change family members’ usernames/passwords, so they are not easy targets if someone else knows them, then require kids to create hard-to-guess passwords when it is time for them to have their own account.
- Creating Strong Passwords
A strong password is a must! Unfortunately, many people use personal information as their passwords, making it easier for hackers to access and steal their data.
To create an unbreakable personal password, you should keep in mind that your personal information such as birth date, mother’s maiden name, and first pet’s name should not be your password.
To create an unbreakable personal password, follow these steps:
- Use a combination of numbers, letters, symbols
- Create passwords for each site separately (you’ll need to remember them!)
- Change your passwords often!
- Keeping Social Media Personal
One way to keep personal information safe is to make your social media private! Only share your thoughts, family photos, and ideas on a selective basis. Suppose anyone has access to all of your personal information online; in that case, it’s too easy for them to use that personal information against you in the future- even if they don’t have ill intentions.
Both Facebook and Twitter offer some settings which allow users greater control over their privacy. For example, you may want to limit who sees your posts or tweets by changing your account preferences so that only people you approve of can see what you share with them. If possible, try not to use too much identifying language in your posts; for example, don’t use the family name or phone number.
- Securing Your Email Information
Use a strong password to access your email. Don’t use the same username and password combination for online accounts, and always be cautious when clicking on hyperlinks in emails.
Remember that once you click on the link, you will be automatically directed to an unknown site, so it’s important not to click these links too quickly or without thinking of where they might take you!
Use two-factor authentication wherever possible in addition to password protection (e.g. Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo)
- Using Public Wi-Fi
When using a public Wi-Fi connection, hackers on the other end of the network try to steal personal information. These are called “man-in-the-middle” attacks. To protect personal information when connected to a public Wi-Fi connection:
- Connect securely
- Use strong passwords and update them often!
- Make sure the network name isn’t easily guessed (i.e., Starbucks)
Use a VPN (a virtual private network) if you’re accessing public Wi-Fi in cafes, airports etc.”. A VPN will help to protect you against people trying to intercept your communications over unsecured networks.
Ensure you have firewalls and strong passwords on all your devices that connect through Wi-Fi (e.g., tablets). So that no one can access your private information without physical access to the device or if they are close enough when it’s using an unsecured Wi-Fi network.
- Keeping Personal Information in the Cloud and Off Your Computer
To avoid all risks associated with personal data being on a personal computer or in the cloud, use strong passwords to protect personal computers from unauthorized access. Also, when it comes to the cloud, be sure that your personal information is encrypted before uploading- just like you would encrypt sensitive data using encryption software!
Personal information is protected using strong passwords to protect personal computers from unauthorized access.
Another tip would be to install anti-virus software and anti-malware protection programs so that no computer viruses infiltrate your system!
- Online Banking and Credit Card Information
If personal information is not necessary to give out, it should not be given out.
Always change personal information passwords and your banking password regularly to keep them strong so they cannot be easily guessed by others, which means personal data should never be stored digitally without encryption. Because this, too, can lead to the risk of personal information being stolen or intercepted.
- Mobile Safety
Encrypt data on mobile devices by using an encryption app like VeraCrypt, which creates containers or virtual drives to store sensitive files securely within them.
In this way, only someone who knows the password will be able to access these folders on their device.
Remember that if you forget what it is, there’s no way to get into the encrypted folder without resetting it!
The steps above will provide ways for everyone to keep their personal information safe online. By following these basic guidelines, people can avoid becoming victims of fraudsters and keep personal information private. Not everyone can afford the millions of dollars corporate and government organizations spend each year on data security. However, when it comes to personal data protection, there are few simple steps you can take. Learn how Delphix can protect your sensitive data in compliance with privacy regulations.