Today is Safer Internet Day, a day devoted to educating adults and children everywhere about information security, best Internet practices and cyber-bullying protocol. The Internet is a necessary part of modern life, but the more it evolves, the more insecurities it brings.
While there is still a lot of unchartered Internet territory, following certain precautions can ensure all personal data is protected to your best ability on unfamiliar sites.
- Monitor passwords and usernames carefully
- Using the same username and password for all online accounts may cut down on confusion, but creates more vulnerabilities than conveniences. If all usernames and passwords are the same, it only takes one valid attempt at cracking a password to open the doors to all personal information. For this reason, it’s encouraged to use various username/password combinations on different accounts, and update both options every few months.
- Run regular security check ups
- While everything on your device or accounts may seem normal, there is always a chance for unintentionally joining an unsecure network, or an unauthorized source gaining access to a device without the user’s knowledge. Various manufacturers offer security check ups, including Microsoft and Mac. Google is even offering a special today for a 2GB drive extension after users run an authorized security check.
- Be wary of app security
- Apps are great, but are not always using the best security standards. Some popular apps are lacking security measures and are now common targets for hackers. For this reason, users should use careful discrimination about what information they store in apps, and always download apps from a verified app store.
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