Data Privacy Day 2019: Top 10 Data Protection Tips

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Every year, on the 28th of January, the world focuses on the importance of raising awareness on how their personal information is protected by organizations and how they share it.

That’s why we have these top 10 tips for keeping you safe online!

1. Keep your operating system and software up to date

The constant updates on your pc or mac are extremely important as they contain critical security updates and patches to known vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Consider turning automatic software updates on to make this process more hassle-free.

2. Review the security of your passwords on your email and social accounts

We highly recommend doing this frequently to make sure your accounts are secure. Use free services like www.haveibeenpwned.com to make sure your personal email hasn’t been compromised.

3. Close down online accounts and delete apps that you no longer use

Do you remember that old MySpace account from years ago? Or that old dating app you haven’t used in years? There’s a probability that these accounts still have your current information. Close down or delete accounts and apps you no longer use.

4. Enable Two-Factor authentication

This is your last line of defence if your account information has been compromised. It’s a good idea to tie-in all your social accounts to your mobile phone or to an authenticator app like Google Authenticator in order to prevent your account from being accessed in the event of a security breach.

5. Review the privacy settings on your online accounts mobile apps

It’s important to be aware of the information you share with apps and online accounts to make sure that you aren’t giving companies (or individuals) sensitive information about yourself that you want to keep private.

6. Don’t re-use your passwords

We’ve all been guilty of this from time to time, but it’s important to make sure that you use unique and complex passwords online. Reusing or using variations of the same password increases the risk of being compromised as it will grant access to your more sensitive online accounts in the event of a breach.

7. Use a burner email for non-essentials

With the increase in the use of ad trackers that compile and share your data based on your browsing history, and purchases on- and offline, Maintaining a throwaway or burner email account for non-essential services provides you with some level of anonymity and control over the data you share unwittingly online.

8. Avoid oversharing on Social Media

Cybercriminals often use social media to use social engineering to gain access and information on unsuspecting victims. The best countermeasure for this is to filter what you share on social media. Avoid sharing information such as flight plans, your plans for trips or using geo-location tags that pinpoint your immediate whereabouts.

9. Use Do Not Track browser plugins

To further increase your online security, consider using Do Not Track browser plug-ins/extensions to prevent unauthorised individuals to track your activity on the web. These plug-ins work by protecting you from third-party cookies and scripts.

Adblock plus, Disconnect and Privacy Badger are a few popular examples of such extensions/plug-ins that you could use.

10. Be wary of free Wi-Fi networks

Cybercriminals often use unprotected Wi-Fi networks to hack into your devices. When using free Wi-Fi is unavoidable, it’s a good practice to avoid accessing sensitive information such as banking information. Turn off your Wi-Fi on your devices when not in use to avoid accidentally connecting to networks. If you frequently use public Wi-Fi, consider investing in a VPN or Virtual Private Network.

 

That’s it! We hope that you stay safe online. If you have any questions on this article, feel free to contact us at www.facebook.com/kingit.au and we would be happy to help!

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