5 easy ways to secure privacy of your data

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The recent Facebook privacy scandal has put the focus back on how secure your data and information are on social media sites and every other website you access. ET Wealth lists some basic steps you need to follow to fortify your privacy online.

  • Protect passwords

Your password is the first line of defence against hackers and other threats. There are some practices that you should follow when it comes to your password. For starters, your password should not be easy to guess—don’t keep something like your phone number, your birthday or name of your family members.

It’s always best to have a password which is a mix of small letters, capital letter and numbers. Also, do not use the same password across all your accounts. If the password of one account get leaked or stolen, all your other accounts will be prone to hacks. You can also try out various password managers available such as Lastpass, Dashlane, LogMeOnce etc which takes care of all of these things and you just need to remember a master password.

  • Two factor authentication

Almost all services (email, social media etc.) now offer the option of two factor authentication. You can access this through the security settings of your account. When you enable two factor authentication, every time you log in to your account on a device, you will need to provide your password plus a secure code generated via an OTP or authenticated app.

  • Control your privacy settings

Almost every website you access stores some data about you. However, you can access this data and remove it to ensure your privacy. For Google, head to https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity, tap on the three dots on the top right and open the ‘Delete Activity by’ option. On the page that opens you can choose to delete your Google activity data for one day, week, month or all of it. In case you want to download all the data Google has on you, visit https://takeout.google.com.

For Facebook, go to Settings > Privacy and from here you can control who sees your posts, view and delete any posts you are tagged in as well as how people can contact you. Next, go to the apps and websites section to control which apps/websites can access your Facebook profile.

  • Keep your browser safe

Your web browser acts as the main access point to the Internet, making it vulnerable to threats. To protect your browser from hackers and other malicious threats, here is what you need to do. For starters, install an ad-blocker like AdBlock to avoid irritating ads.

Try to use Https for website access as and where possible for added security. You should also install handy plug-ins such as Privacy Badger or Ghostery which blocks ads and hidden trackers used by various websites. Most browsers now also offer the option of private browsing where no data is stored—use this mode when visiting unknown sites.

  • Install updates of operating system

Make it a habit to install the latest available update for your device’s operating system. On your computer (Windows/Mac) as well as your smartphone/tablet (iOS, Android), operating system updates come with latest security patches as well as bug fi xes to protect your data from new as well as old threats.

Quick tips

1. Change your account passwords regularly

2. Do not open attachments in email from unknown senders.

3. Do not share your password or OTP with unknown people.

4. Avoid using Google or Facebook for logging into sites

5. Log out from your account instead of closing the browser window.

6. Regularly update apps on your smartphone and computer

7. Install an anti-virus as well as antimalware.

8. Avoid using open public Wi-Fi connections.

Source by:- economictimes

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