We've decided to share our top 10 tips on how to keep your data safe and secure.
1. Update your operating system and all software on a regular basis. Although those update reminders might bug you from time to time, they carry very significant functionalities as they protect your device and improve security on your laptop or PC. If possible, turn on automatic updates. Updates are normally released by Microsoft on a Tuesday.
2. Encrypt your data. There were times when only enterprises and small business used to think about encryption. But now individual users must consider encryption if they want to protect their sensitive data. There are many consumer tools out there to do just that. Encryption makes your data unreadable and safe, and it works best when it comes to saving your files on removable storage devices such as USB sticks or a external USB Hard Drive.
3. Get the latest antivirus. Even though consumer antivirus software may not protect your device from all the threats out there, they will however do their best to fight basic malware issues provided that you check your device for malware quite regularly and keep your software updated.
4. Use unique and complex passwords. By using unique and complex passwords for every account you are making sure that in the event of a hack, attackers cannot get into all of your accounts. On the other hand, having the same password for all accounts will make it extremely easy for the wrongdoers to get access.
5. Archive and delete all unwanted data. By deleting and archiving all your old unwanted data, you minimize the chance for hackers to get the required info about you and move on to getting access to other accounts. You can encrypt and move your old data such as bank statements, bills, contracts to an offline storage like USB stick or a external USB hard drive or you can choose to delete it permanently.
6. Secure your wi-fi network. If your network is not secure, then you are just welcoming hackers to get into your network to compromise your privacy. Also, make sure to enable HTTPS function when you connect to unsecured free Wi-Fi networks. This will help you surf securely.
7. Format your info into an Image File. You can hide your information in an image file using free software that is available. This will add extra security on your files as it is almost impossible to read through image files.
8. Learn how to deal with phishing attacks. Instead of them hacking their way into your privacy, attackers use YOU to give out all the information they need by sending you unsolicited emails with attachments, or asking you to fill out a form or offering you a well paid job and many more. Beware of these attacks and never respond to them nor take any action but simply ignore and never click on any suspicious looking links in a email.
9. Sync your files onto the Cloud. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box are your best options as they are simple to use. If you want to tighten up the security of your files, you can encrypt them and then upload them .
10. Watch your accounts! Constantly monitor the activities through all your accounts. And if you notice anything suspicious or you hear about a major privacy breach that concerns you as well, immediately take action and notify the parties involved.
These tips are just basic steps on how to increase security on your data.