Password Manager, Authentic Apps & Webcam Cover: 9 Steps To Ensure Data Security Every Day

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Secure Your Digital Life
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Secure Your Digital Life

2019 was the year of serious data breaches. Each made headlines that jolted users into reality and the importance of protecting personal data. A recent survey indicates that 52 per cent of users polled believe they need to strengthen their data policies, 45 per cent expect advertising and marketing regulation to become 'more strict', while 88 per cent agree, or strongly agree, that digital privacy will become increasingly important this year.

While, January 28 is observed as the Data Privacy Day in India, the US, Canada and 47 European countries each day, Sunil Sharma, managing director sales, India & SAARC, Sophos advises you to treat every day as Data Privacy Day and apply these simple tips to secure your data.

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Use A Password Manager
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Use A Password Manager

Password managers will create and remember complex passwords for you, making it easy for you to keep different passwords for every website. All you need to do is remember one super long and complicated password for the manager itself.

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Be Aware Of What Apps You Use
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Be Aware Of What Apps You Use

Always check the permissions an app is asking for before you download it to your personal device. It’s also important to delete any apps that you don’t use anymore.

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Know What You’re Sharing On Social Media
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Know What You’re Sharing On Social Media

Information such as your date of birth or address gives cybercriminals usable information about you. Equally, sharing when you’re going on a trip can alert local criminals that your home will be empty.

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Use Two-Factor Authentication
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Use Two-Factor Authentication

You can do this with an app such as Google Authenticator, or from SMS codes sent directly to your phone. If you want to be super secure you can do it with a hardware key that you plug straight into your computer or laptop.

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Use A Webcam Cover
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Use A Webcam Cover

It’s not impossible for hackers to access your webcam. Keep yourself protected and have peace of mind by using a webcam cover.

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Keep Your Shields Up
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Keep Your Shields Up

If you’re having connection troubles, resist the temptation to “turn off the firewall” or “bypass the router” to see if that solves the problem. That’s a bit like disconnecting your car’s brakes and then going for a ride to see if performance improves.

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Consider Using A Ransomware Blocker
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Consider Using A Ransomware Blocker

Tools can detect and block the disk-scrambling part of a ransomware attack. This offers you protection even if the malware file itself, and its running process, is out there on someone else’s computer that you can’t control.

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Patch Early, Patch Often
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Patch Early, Patch Often

There are millions of computers still at risk from WannaCry – this means they haven’t been patched for more than two and a half years! Don’t be one of those people. The best way to stay up to date is have auto-updates on so you know you’re running the latest software.

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Make Regular Backups
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Make Regular Backups

And keep at least one recent copy offline, so you can access your precious data even if you’re locked out of your own computer, your own network or your own accounts. By the way, encrypt your backups so that you don’t spend the rest of your life wondering what might show up if any of your backup devices go missing.

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