It’s easy to think of our personal data as a statistic, but it’s not. It’s you. And you need to take care of it.
Protect your email
Here are a few ways to keep your email safe:
- Use a password manager to generate and store unique passwords for every site you log into, which will make it more difficult for hackers to hack all of your accounts at once.
- Don’t use the same password for multiple sites. If someone cracks one password, they can access all of them using that information.
- Don’t use personal information in your email address, like your first name or where you grew up (e.g., john@fresno). Hackers can use this information to search social media accounts connected with their names and then guess the rest of their passwords through brute force methods like password-cracking software or phishing attacks (in which hackers pretend to be companies or people you trust).
- Don’t click on links from people you don’t know—even if they appear legitimate! Hackers send out phishing emails designed looks like messages from legitimate businesses or services so that users will click on malicious links inside them and give up their login credentials without realizing what they’ve done until it’s too late
Be careful what you post online
- Be careful what you post online. Social media sites let users share information with others, but there’s a tradeoff in terms of privacy and security. You should avoid posting your address, phone number, or birth date online because these pieces of information can be used to track down your location.
- Don’t post your bank account details in public forums like Facebook groups or Twitter feeds; criminals may use this information if they target you for identity theft.
- Don’t post your passwords anywhere on social media platforms so that no one can see them, even if they’re encrypted as part of a password manager app like 1Password (which I highly recommend). If someone guesses one of the passwords in your manager app, he/she will still need another piece of important data before they can access any accounts linked to that particular site—namely: which websites’ accounts are connected together using the same master password! This is why it’s so important not only to know how many different places I use this site
Use an antivirus program and firewalls
There are many ways to protect your personal data, but one of the most basic is by using an antivirus program. The term “antivirus” refers to a software program that can detect and remove viruses from a computer—a very good thing! However, it’s important to remember that an antivirus program is not the same as a firewall. A firewall blocks unauthorized access to your computer or network by outside users; this prevents hackers from stealing personal data and other information stored on your hard drive. To maximize protection against hackers, it’s best if both types of software are installed on all devices you use regularly (e.g., desktop computers at home and work). You can also install firewalls on individual computers within a networked environment; this will prevent someone from accessing any device connected through that hub without permission from someone else who has access rights for each individual machine.
Limit what you share on social media
Whilst social media has many benefits, it can also be a goldmine of personal information. The more info you share on social media, the more likely it is that hackers can use this information to get into your accounts and steal your identity.
To protect yourself:
- Limit what you share on social media. Don’t share anything that identifies you uniquely (e.g., location, birthday, phone number, email address). Avoid sharing any sensitive data such as your name or mother’s maiden name (this is why some sites require a username instead of a real name).
Create strong passwords and change them regularly
- Create strong passwords and change them regularly.
- Use a password manager.
- Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Change your passwords regularly. In fact, some security experts recommend changing them every few months to keep them fresh and hard to guess.
- Don’t use the same password for multiple sites—if hackers get one password through an online hack or phishing scheme, they can easily access all of your accounts if you don’t use unique passwords for each site (or at least every website that would be financially damaging to lose access to).
It’s important to protect your personal data.
It’s important to protect your personal data. You should make sure that you use the best antivirus programs and firewalls to keep hackers out of your computer. You should also limit what you share on social media and create strong passwords that are changed regularly.
We hope this list was helpful to you. There are many different ways in which we can protect our personal data, but these five points should be the first things that you focus on. If you have any other tips or tricks let us know!