We live in a digital era and spend a lot of our time – more so than ever before in fact whether it’s working, shopping, banking, gaming or social media – almost everything we do is done online so it’s pretty hard to avoid it. But how safe is our data? Names, addresses, dates of birth, bank details we all put them online without a seconds thought and we trust the companies who we buy from and visit online to store our data and to keep it safe but in reality, this isn’t always the case – every now and again we hear in the media of companies being hacked and details being leaked or stolen even big companies such as Amazon, Facebook and British Airways can be hit and they were in 2018.
Although you can’t stop the big companies getting hacked there are things you can put in place to help keep your data safe whilst online including:
- Install security – we’ve always had internet security at home in the past we have used free software but have often found that they aren’t as good as a paid subscription, after a virus and a trojan we decided that we’d research other software. This is when we found Norton Internet Security and have used it at home ever since. It has many features including scanning for threats on your pc. It also it alerts you if you are about to visit a site that may be a threat. since using Norton we’ve never had a problem and any issues that are found are dealt with quickly. our subscription covers 10 devices including smartphones.
- Avoid sites that don’t use https – without the s a site maybe not be secure. Our internet security won’t even let us enter a site that isn’t secure – this can be annoying sometimes especially when you know the site is safe but I always think it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Get a VPN – by using a VPN (Virtual Personal Network) you are adding an extra layer of security. There are many VPN services out there so do your research if you need to compare them before making your decisions look on BestVPN.com.
- Log out when not using your computer – if using a public computer never leave it unattended whilst logged in to sites that need passwords or personal information and never save any personal information on it.
- Change your passwords often – don’t use the same password for all your accounts, make sure they aren’t obvious ones – mix them up with capitals, numbers and symbols if you can and certainly don’t leave your passwords near your computer.
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