While the internet makes it easy for us to find, gather and share information, it is also proven to be a place where theft, cybersecurity attacks and online privacy issues are rampant.
At the end of last year and beginning of this year, more than 3 main large retailers that include: Target, Home Depot and Michaels suffered massive security breaches that resulted in more than 40 million credit card accounts being compromised.
From the use of online collaboration tools to social media platforms, protecting your privacy online has become a little more difficult to do—while connected to the internet.
Online Privacy Tips and Best-Practices
In light of Cybersecurity Awareness month, I am putting together a list of the best online privacy tips and best practices that you can use to safeguard your personal data online:
- Remember To Log Out of your accounts. Your online activity can be consistently monitored on different platforms if you remain logged into an account – such as Facebook –Hongkiat.com
- Password protect your smartphones and computers. If your devices fall into the wrong hands it’ll be one step harder to access your information – Businessinsider.com
- Lock down your social media accounts. Most of the social platforms that you use have privacy and security controls. Take the time to read through your security and privacy settings and make adjustments where necessary to secure your accounts – Lifehack.org
- Use strong passwords to secure your online accounts – Small-bizsense.com
- When checking your bank account or paying a bill online use the incognito mode or private browsing – BusinessInsider.com
- Change your passwords once a month – Money.CNN
- Use secure web browsers than Internet Explorer – Some of the best browsers to use are Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome – Lifehack.org
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