It’s so important these days to protect your data online. There are several things that you can do to improve the safety of your personal data, however many people don’t know anything about this or even the first step in preventing identity theft, fraud, or other similar online crimes. Becoming the victim of identity theft could cause a lot of problems, destroy your personal credit, and make it almost impossible to get back without paying large sums of money. This is why we highly recommend to people that they learn the most they can about staying safe online and ensuring that they get into good security habits for their everyday life.
First of all, we cannot stress enough that KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. The more that you know about online threats and the many shapes and forms that they come in, the more you will be able to prevent them in the first place. You’ll know how to spot phishing attacks in your email as well as what websites to avoid to avoid getting a virus. We suggest a basic readup of how hackers tend to steal personal information and then stay up to date by bookmarking and reading security blogs such as Krebs on Security or ARS Technica. Even Wired has a great security page that you can bookmark and come back to periodically. The more you know about what to look for and how to prevent it the better you will be at avoiding getting into trouble in the first place.
Another great thing that you can do that is very brainless is to ensure that automatic updates are enabled for your software. This means that your browser, Adobe Flash, and all other software programs that routinely connect to the internet are able to download and install new updates as soon as they become available. Most updates to these software programs are in order to patch up security holes and flaws. So not downloading the patch will leave you open to attack. Allowing automatic updates means you’ll never have to think about it – you’ll never forget to download and install the update. And trust me, even the smartest PC guru will forget to do this all the stinkin time.
Employing antivirus and antimalware software is also a no-brainer. These programs are very important and are the safest and most effective ways of removing spyware and malware. Check out this Spyhunter 4 writeup and review over at We Hate Malware for a good idea of how these programs work and what they can do for you.
Backing up your data is a great way to ensure that you’ll never be caught with your pants down by a malware or other ransomware type virus or malware. These can encrypt or destroy your data, but if you have a good backup of everything you’ll never have to worry. I always tell people that the first line of defense against hacking, viruses, and malware is a good backup method. It’s a very non-glamorous way of protecting yourself. I often recommend that you use a dual backup method of a local backup as well as an online cloud backup such as Backblaze or similar.
These are just a few tips that you can use in order to keep your data safe, but stay tuned for more as there really is no end to how secure you can be.