Much has been made in recent years about the fact that more and more people are living their lives increasingly through the Internet. Most specifically, many different businesses and industries are operating more on the Internet, in many cases lending employees more freedom and flexibility with work hours and locations. But despite the convenience that comes with increased Internet reliance, there are also increasingly more concerns with regard to Internet security. The simple fact is, when we spend so much time online, we inevitably expose aspects of our personal lives to the world at large. So, here are 5 tips for how to protect your personal identity and information online.
1. Approach Social Media With Caution
It’s no secret that popular social media sites like Facebook have severe security concerns. The people behind various social media platforms have been accused of storing and mining for personal information, and there’s simply no denying that creating social media profiles “puts you out there” in a somewhat vulnerable fashion. In today’s world, it’s tough to avoid social media completely. But by reading privacy policies carefully and adjusting security preferences accordingly, you can at least be as safe as possible while partaking.
2. Avoid Storing Passwords
There are many instances when a website asks you to store personal information, passwords, and even shipping and payment details. For example, when you order something from Amazon, or subscribe to a publication, etc., you will often have the option of storing your account information for easy access in the future. This, however, not only leaves that personal information available on those sites for hackers to potentially locate, but it also leaves you vulnerable should your computer be stolen or lost. Try to avoid storing information for these reasons.
3. Use Secure File Sharing
Secure file sharing is still an expanding and improving industry, but offers a number of significant Internet security benefits. For example, Sharefile services allow you to send email files with encryption, and to protect your file sharing accounts via passwords. This simply keeps your communications more secure.
4. Use Cloud Storage
Similar to secure file sharing, cloud storage can help to keep your communications and file storage secure. Essentially, when you use a cloud computing provider, you are able to save data on the Internet, in a professionally secured cloud service, as opposed to physically on your devices.
5. Protect Your Devices
Finally, with more activity being conducted online, many of us have a great deal of sensitive data stored on our computers, tablets, and even mobile phones. For this reason, physical protection of such devices is just as important as digital security. From protective cases, to password access, it’s important for you to attempt to prevent damage, theft, or unauthorized usage of your devices.