On Data Privacy Day, here are 10 simple tips to keep your data safe

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Recognized annually on January 28th, Data Privacy Day is defined as a centered approach towards respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. It is a global effort to raise and promote awareness around protecting one’s data and privacy. With this thought in mind, we have put together these 10 tips to help you keep your data safe and away from the reach of attackers.

 

10 tips to keep your data safe

#1. Do not go soft on your passwords

Change the passwords of your online accounts. Here are some tips to build strong and unique ones:

  • Use a mix of uppercase and lower letters
  • Use special characters
  • Use numbers
  • Use at least 8 characters

Also, here’s a fun way to create a password that is strong and can be easily remembered. First, think of a phrase or the title of your favorite book or movie; say, “The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo”. Now, take the first letter of every word in the title – this will give you tgwtdt. Capitalize a letter, add some numbers, and special characters – and you will have the ultimate password Tgwtdt#$8945B. We tested the strength of this password, and it seems that a hacker will take about 273 years to crack it. Find it out yourself – https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/forms/passwordwin.html

#2. Back up, back up, back up!

Take a back up of all your important data stored on your computer and mobile device. You can either take the backup over Cloud or an external hard drive. Taking regular data backups can save you from the aftermath of a virus attack or system crash – especially a ransomware infection. Ransomware is a malware that hijacks your data and demands money (ransom) to release it.

#3. Delete sensitive data securely

Data Privacy Day is not only about storing or saving data. It also advocates the importance of disposing of your information securely. Data that you delete from your computer or mobile device does not really get deleted permanently. It can still be recovered with advanced data recovery tools. So, while removing sensitive information, ensure it is gone forever. Know how to delete your data securely.

#4. Encrypted data is safe data

It is unsafe to store login ID and passwords, banking details, social security number, and other such sensitive information on your mobile device or computer. But, if you can’t help it, ensure that the data is encrypted. When you encrypt an information, it gets converted into an unreadable form, and can only be read by you. So, even if a situation arises wherein your data falls into the wrong hands, you can rest assured that it won’t get misused.

#5. Keep personal information personal

Just like you won’t hand over your wallet, ID card, or house key to a stranger, avoid sharing your personal information on the Internet; these could be unfamiliar websites, survey forms, online friends, unsolicited emails, and anything/anybody that asks for your information. When it comes to Data Privacy, it’s wise to be a miser in sharing your data.

#6. Never shop or bank on unsecured Wi-Fi networks

Banking or shopping online using unsecured Wi-Fi networks can let attackers steal your personal and financial information. While using any such network, ensure it is accessible only with a login ID and password.

#7. Be mindful of the mobile apps you install on your device

Before installing any mobile app, review its permissions carefully. Many a time, you may come across an app that asks for permissions that are not actually required for it to function on your device. For instance, if a simple Flash Light app is asking your permission to access your device’s Internet, contact details, photos, etc., then chances are it is a malicious or a potentially dangerous app. So, stay cautious against such threats.

#8. Do not take the phishing bait!

One of the greatest threats to your data and privacy is phishing. Phishing is defined as an attempt to trick you into providing your personal or financial details so that the attacker can commit illegal acts using your name. Any unknown or unexpected communication (email, call, SMS, etc.) that carries a sense of urgency and requires you to provide your personal information should be treated as a phishing attack. Always ignore such communications and report them to the right authority.

#9. Lock your mobile devices

With mobile devices becoming an integral part of our everyday lives, they store massive amounts of data about us, our friends and family members. More importantly, being smaller and compact, they are more vulnerable to theft. So, it is only logical to protect these devices with a PIN, fingerprint or a password. We do not recommend the Pattern Lock because they are easily noticeable and less secure. Also, it is wise to keep the Automatic Lock feature ON at all times.

#10. Get a reliable antivirus that offers layers of protection

While you follow all the steps mentioned above, also consider getting a trusted antivirus solution. The software that you choose must offer multiple layers of security that can block ransomware, fake, infected and phishing websites, emails designed for phishing attacks, malicious downloads, and unauthorized data storage devices.

Remember, your data is you. If it gets stolen, you get stolen. Stay safe!

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Content references:
www.staysafeonline.org‎
www.its.ms.gov
www.privacyassociation.org

 

Post updated as of 25.01.18

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Sunil Kumar
Sunil Kumar
4 years ago

good

Virendra
Virendra
4 years ago

Dear Rajib,
Thanks for sharing information.
I am not IT guy but using computer since many years and I come across with lots of things to do on computers but didn’t know in detailed of security. Now I will take care.

Virendra Patel

kalyan sarkar
kalyan sarkar
4 years ago

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arvind
4 years ago

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4 years ago

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Mohd Akram
4 years ago

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UDAI SINGH
4 years ago

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JACKSON
JACKSON
4 years ago

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Jiban Biswal
Jiban Biswal
4 years ago

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csr
csr
4 years ago

nice tips to learn

ANSUMAY DATTA
ANSUMAY DATTA
4 years ago

Excellent advice.

Tarik Anwar
Tarik Anwar
4 years ago

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Shubham
Shubham
4 years ago

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

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makki
4 years ago

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AJAY PRATAP
AJAY PRATAP
4 years ago

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Thanks and Good luck!

Yours faithfully,

Ajay

santanu dutta
santanu dutta
4 years ago

The information is very good and now a days most mobile user use Wi-Fi network. for them it is seful as free is not always secure. Also after monetary transaction through web borwser the history should be deleted and the device should be restarted with administrative pasword to log in the device also in IE the phishing filter should be on. Better is through safe banking of Quick heal device who does not know ABC of computer/ internet .Thank you.

Vicky
Vicky
4 years ago

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4 years ago

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Avanish Kumar
Avanish Kumar
4 years ago

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RAJVEER SINGH
RAJVEER SINGH
4 years ago

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Mousumi Distributors
4 years ago

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subrat
4 years ago

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RAM
4 years ago

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Pankaj
4 years ago

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aradhana patel
4 years ago

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Reza Seifi
4 years ago

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tribhuwan Kumar
4 years ago

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Amit saxena
4 years ago

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janak
4 years ago

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sujeet poddar
4 years ago

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S.Arakh
4 years ago

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Prashant
Prashant
3 years ago

QHAV IS the useless antivirus, Some one who really think their data is important they should go for any other AV, Or If any one really wants to know how brilliant QH TECHNICAL TEAM is , Then simply ask them why they are not able to resolve my various infection from may be 6 months or more time on my laptop which destroyed my all data which was from 2009 and that was including personal and business, You may ask why QH Team closed the ticket Without resolving mt raised issues (((( Incident – Malware ID: 19766901 : With reference… Read more »

Arindam
Arindam
3 years ago

How can I encrypt my data like my passwords and bank details which are I save on my pc or android mobile? Please help me!

Unnikrishnan Nair
Unnikrishnan Nair
3 years ago

Is it safe to download through app stores ?

Prakash Jasani
Prakash Jasani
3 years ago

Good Tips

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