15 Oct Be privacy savvy in a connected world
There are a few things you can do to try and keep your data safe, and while they aren’t necessarily easy or free, they’re worth it if you value your privacy.
- Install antivirus software and regularly update.
- Set a password or PIN for every laptop, smartphone and tablet you own.
- Create great passwords that are longer, contain letters, numbers and more.
- Use two-factor authentication when available. Instagram, Facebook, Google and banks offer this.
- Keep your software up to date. Install the latest patches and updates as older software versions may be vulnerable to hackers.
- Public Wi-Fi hotspots are
so convenient, but aren’t secure.
- Use a VPN
- Never enter sensitive data such as credit card details
- Turn off your Wi-Fi when you’re not using it
- Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access the internet via public Wi-Fi.
- Shred documents containing any information that could be useful to fraudsters. If it contains your ID, birth date, credit card number, bank account number or even your medical aid number… shred it.
- Cover up your laptop’s webcam.
Stop oversharing on social media… and switch off location services. Did you know that your location data can be extracted from photos you posted on social media?