Keeping your personal data like your passwords, bank account info, card details, and documents safe has been priority for a long time now. But with cyber attacks on an exponential increase, it is becoming that much more important to protect yourself and those around you by safeguarding data the right way.
Here are some often missed but crucial steps to help you do just that.
- Update Your Devices Regularly
Don’t like seeing those Windows, Android, or iOS updates on your devices? You’re not alone. Installing updates sometimes takes so long that you might be tempted to skip them. Don’t, though. These timely updates are critical for the safety of your devices as they often come with important security patches. Not installing them is a recipe for disaster as you’re voluntarily putting your devices and data at risk!
Automating all software updates including the ones for the operating system could do you well. This will allow the software to connect and install latest updates automatically from the right sources and keep you safe from unauthorized updates and risks.
- Encrypt Your Sim Cards And USB Drives
Your SIM cards and USB drives hold a lot of your personal data. So, you obviously don’t want them to fall into the wrong hands. And if they do, you don’t want to risk the exposure of your data on them. Wondering how to keep them secure? Encrypt your SIM cards and USB drives and prevent unauthorized access to the data on them. This way, even if you lose these devices, you remain safe from data leakage.
- Download And Install Apps Mindfully
With new apps being developed all the time, it’s hard to figure out which ones are okay to download and which aren’t. So, always get apps only from trusted sources. Third party apps downloaded via APK files tend to corrupt your devices with malware. Also, some such apps may be sharing your personal information without your knowledge while running in the background of your devices. So, you’re better off avoiding them altogether.
- Steer Clear Of Untrustworthy Websites To Download Files
Besides the fact that piracy is illegal, downloading torrents can get you into a lot of trouble security-wise. Torrent sites are often packed with malware and unwanted programs designed to obtain personal or confidential information from users. They also rate quite highly in deceiving people into credit card scams. As the old saying goes, there is no free lunch.
- Use A Password Manager For Generating And Storing Passwords
It’s not news that you shouldn’t use the same password for more than one website or app. If someone manages to get a hold of the one password you use, they can access all your data in just a few clicks and create havoc. That said, remembering many passwords is truly a daunting task. Combat this problem by using a password manager, which will store all your passwords for you and even generate strong, unique ones for the sites you use.
There are plenty free but good ones available online for you to try.
You don’t always have to be a tech geek to keep yourself protected in the digital age. Take these simple steps and stay protected from data breaches by unknown, untrustworthy sources.