Happy Data Privacy Day 2018! This year marks the 10th anniversary of Data Privacy Day in the U.S. and Canada. For those who’re too new to the term, the holiday is an international effort led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to raise awareness and endorse privacy and data protection best practices.
In honor of Data Privacy Day 2018, we’ve put together some tips, tricks, and tactics to help you stay safe online. Let’s take a glance.
Data Privacy Day 2018: Tips to Keep Yourself Safe on the Internet
Use a Secure Password
Let’s face it; we all try to keep short and easy-to-remember passwords for our online accounts. In accordance with a few vague reports, the most commonly used passwords of 2017 were – password, 1111111, 123456, qwerty, and then some. In case you want the utmost security of your account, make sure that you use a secure and hard-to-crack password.
Ideally, a mishmash of lower and upper cases in tandem with special characters and digits make for a good password. However, it’s worth notable that your password should not include your pet name, date of birth or license number, among others. So, on this Data Privacy Day 2018, opt for secure passwords to stay safe online.
Change Your Passwords Regularly
Several people tend to use the same password for years – this is something that needs to change on the eve of Data Privacy Day 2018. Changing passwords in every 40-60 days is a good hygiene to follow. In case you find it little problematic to remember the passwords, it’s recommended to jot them down or make use of services like LastPass or Dashlane, which allow you to manage all your passwords. Make sure to use different passwords for different websites instead of having the same across the Internet.
Sign-up for Login Notifications
There are a number of services like Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and much more, which let you sign up for login notifications. This means whenever you log in to your account, you’ll get a notification email regarding the same. Facebook generally notifies you if the login is from an unfamiliar location. This is one of the best security tips to keep yourself safe on the Internet.
Use 2FA Wherever Possible
2FA or two-factor authentication adds another security layer while logging into a website. With the 2FA activated, social media platforms such as Google, Twitter, and Instagram send you a text message along with a code, which you need to enter to verify your identity. There’re also various authenticator apps, enabling you to connect to your account and generating a random code to access it. This is truly helpful when your smartphone is out of coverage area and receiving text messages is almost impossible.
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Avoid Accessing the Internet from Public WiFi
The next tip among our top tips for Data Privacy Day 2018 is to avoid accessing the Internet from public WiFi. The best part of public WiFi at places such as shopping malls, airports, railway stations, and cafes is that it’s open and free to access. However, it opens doors for hijackers to access your device and steal confidential information. So, it’s always better to avoid connecting to the Internet at such places, unless it’s extremely important.
Avoid Clicking on Random Emails
Call it phishing attack or click bait, this is a pretty malevolent one. It’s quite usual – open your mailbox and you’re more likely to find emails with a subject line such as ‘Samsung Galaxy S8 for just Rs. 33000, special offer’ and ‘personal loans up to Rs. 3,00,000 without any documents’, to name a few. Let us tell you that most of these emails are phishing attacks; the moment you click on the links in an email, snoopers get backdoor entry to your confidential data. They can even keep a track of your keystrokes, access your camera, and much more. So, it’s recommended to not open emails or click on links from unknown, suspicious senders.
Use VPN to Browse Anonymously
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) generates a safe tunnel between the website you’re visiting and your system or smartphone. It also makes sure that all your online activities are private and secure. In simple words, your ISP or government can’t spy on the website you’re visiting. There’re umpteen of VPN services for both PC and smartphone. Though some of them are completely free, you may need to pay a monthly fee of Rs. 50 or more for a better service provider.
Use Ad Blockers and Trackers
Are unnecessary popups and ads ruining your web browsing experience? Well, whenever you visit a website, a third-party tracker gets stored on your system without your knowledge. These trackers include web beacons, cookies, flash cookies, and pixel tags. By making use of such trackers, companies come to know about your online activities. No doubt it’s good because services can help you find a better deal via the ad network, but at the same time, it violates your online privacy as well. In order to stay safe online, you can use browser extensions like Ghostery, Adblock Plus or Disconnect to disable ads and trackers.
Use Firewall and Antivirus
Using firewall and antivirus programs on your device is one of the best security tips for Data Privacy Day 2018. For those who’re too new to the term, a firewall is more like an Internet barrier that blocks unauthorized access to your computer. Plus, it makes sure that your Internet-connected devices are away from the reach of snoopers. Apart from this, using a reliable antivirus program is also an important step to keep virus and other vulnerabilities at bay.
Keep Your Software Updated
Last but not the least; you must keep your software up to date to keep yourself safe on the Internet. Merely installing a software and an antivirus isn’t enough to stay secure. There’re new vulnerabilities that are found on a daily basis and virus definitions are also updated on every day with the newest security patches. So, whenever there’s a new software update, feel free to download and install it as it is for your safety and security.
What you’re waiting for? Start following the aforementioned tips right away and make your digital life safe and secure. Once again, Happy Data Privacy Day 2018 to all from the entire team of NextGeekers.
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