Every time you google something or you sign up for a newsletter, you’re giving your data to the Internet. You can protect your privacy and safety by following these tips.
Connected devices are a big part of everyone’s life. This means, not only that you’re using the Internet to search for information, but also that you’re giving away some of yours. It may be harmless for people to know where you bought your clothes, but it’s dangerous if they have access to your credit card information.
1. Privacy settings
All of your devices and apps include privacy settings. Be sure to read them thoroughly so as to know which of your personal data is being shared and with whom. Try to avoid linking your data to your social media accounts.
Technology experts recommend the encryption of information to protect yourself against identity theft. Sometimes this option needs to be manually turned on.
Another way to avoid other people accessing your personal data is to protect all your accounts with unique, strong passwords. Some websites already force you to include special characters, numbers or capital letters in your password. It's also important not to reuse them, because it could simultaneously put all your accounts at risk.
4. Home network
Protect your home WiFi network with firewall. This way, you can make sure that your devices aren't exposed when you’re using the Internet at home.
Once you've stopped using your devices, it's recommended to disconnect them from the Internet. This way, you can be sure that there are no threats to your personal data.