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Protecting Your Digital Life in 7 Easy Steps

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Oct 3, 2017 3:02 AM

The modern contemporary world is nothing than what used to be in the past. Technology has revolutionized the way people interact, behave, it has changed the way people used to live. Today people shop online, spend most of their time on the internet, meet people online, and access their finances online. With almost every aspect of people's lives being online the reasons to protect personal information are all the more compelling. Intruders who are trying to fish data from you will use all means. Therefore, you should exercise extra caution while surfing the internet. There are booby traps laid down for you to trip on. One wrong click can cost you. These seven steps will help you protect your digital life.

Strong passwords

At the very basic of shielding yourself is securing your sites with strong passwords. You could also get in the habit of changing your passwords frequently. Other than that no matter how tempted you are do not use the same password for multiple websites. If you are not a fan of frequent password changes, you can use password managers.

Two-factor authentication

If a website you frequent offers two-factor authentication option you should activate it. A code will be sent to your mobile phone in the form of text when someone tries to access the accounts protected by this extra layer of protection. You should also activate the same for your financial accounts such as PayPal and online banking.

Use malware and antivirus

Use antivirus to protect your pc from virus and other malware attacks. Windows and Mac anti-malware software such as Bitdefender will offer guaranteed security. They will block viruses, malware, adware and other malicious programs from installing on your PC. They will also block malicious websites which are looking to fish data from your browser. They offer a trusted layer of security that no malicious programs that can pass through.

Invest in strong firewalls

If you spend most of your time online, then you are susceptible to hacks and unauthorized intrusion. The most common term used is the risk of being hacked. A strong firewall will keep intruders away; only what you have allowed can be accessed. The firewall should also alert you if it senses someone or a program trying to attack you. If a threat is unknown, the firewall will warn you and ask you the recourse that you want to take.

Update your software

Outdated and obsolete software will not provide you with strong protection. Make sure you update your software with the latest versions. Also, you should not be quick to open unfamiliar links or download documents whose source you cannot verify. Anonymous emails with document attachments are one way attackers are using to penetrate your firewalls. The updated software should warn you when a file is suspicious.

Use VPN

If you are keen on sharing your personal location, then investing in a Virtual Private Network can help. A VPN will shield your browsing information, embed encryption on all data that you are receiving and sending. Using a VPN comes in handy especially when you are using public unsecured Wi-Fi. You will remain protected as long as you are browsing through the VPN. At the same time remember to use a browser plugin HTTP Everywhere. It will keep you protected from surveillance and other forms of hacking.

Use sensitive search engines

The DuckDuckGo is one search engine that you can use if you are paranoid about hiding your information. The search engine is keen on your privacy and does not track your browsing behavior. If you are more paranoid, you can opt using the Tor browser which guarantees you of anonymity and protection on the web compared to conventional browsers.

Conclusion

Digital privacy is becoming elusive by the day. Hackers are constantly improving their skills to fish all the data they can. They then use your data for sale on the darknet. Everyone should have a level of paranoia when it comes to their privacy online. Luckily for us, there are several ways you can protect yourself from malicious attacks and other intrusions to your PC. Using these seven ways described here you will have taken a step towards protecting your digital life. I hope you will find them helpful.

 

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