Friday, January 31, 2014

Data Privacy Day - Let's Give Some Privacy to Privacy

Annually observed across the world on January 28th, is the Data Privacy Day. The day is commemorated for reiterating the importance of protecting data and privacy on the Internet. In this post, we share some insightful tips on what you can do to keep your information safe.


Tips to Protect Your Privacy On the Internet

#1. Think twice before making your personal information such as date of birth, address, phone number, etc., public; especially on social networking sites. See also: Things You Shouldn’t Share Online

#2. Treat any unwanted or unexpected email asking for personal information as a phishing attack. Trash such emails, and filter out the sender. See also: What is Phishing and How to Avoid it?

#3. Never trust links or attachments in emails coming from unsolicited sources.

#4. Avoid unsecured WiFi networks while accessing websites where you have to login or provide your personal or financial information.

#5. Create strong passwords with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, special characters, and uncommon words. See also: Creating Strong Passwords

#6. Secure your online accounts with two-factor authentication, wherever possible.

#7. Review permissions before downloading any application on your mobile devices.

#8. Password protect your mobile, tablet, and laptop. Such devices are more vulnerable to theft.

#9. Avoid storing sensitive data such as passwords, bank account details, social security number, etc., in USB drives. Even if you should, then get the data encrypted.

#10. Never use the same password for different accounts on the Internet. This will ensure the safety of other online accounts if one is compromised.

#11. Take regular backups of your important files and documents on external drives or online cloud.

#12. When you delete any sensitive data, ensure that it is unrecoverable by any recovery tool. See also: Learn how to delete your data securely

#13. Protect your computer from spyware by turning on pop-up blockers, disabling autorun, avoiding inappropriate sites, and verifying free software before downloading them.

#14. Spare some time going through the privacy statement of websites to know how your personal information is being treated and used.

#15. Prevent unauthorized external devices such as CD/DVD, USB devices, etc., from accessing the data on your computer. Learn about Quick Heal Data Theft Protection

#16. Remember to sign out of websites when you are done, especially when you are using a public or shared computer.

#17. Identify secure websites before providing sensitive information or making any transaction. A secure website has the ‘lock’ icon and its URL begins with ‘https’.

#18. Avoid checking ‘Remember me’, ‘Remember password’, ‘Keep me logged in’ boxes.

#19. Protect your computers, mobiles, and tablets with a multi-layered security software.

#20. Turn OFF location-tracking services on your mobile device, if they are invading your privacy,

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