We often think about cybersecurity as something that is more important for businesses, but truly it is just as vital to individuals. You should always be looking for new ways to protect yourself online as your presence there is constantly at risk. Here are a few great ways to protect your online privacy.
I’ve said it often in the past, passwords are easily hacked when they are improperly used or stored. Yeah, that spreadsheet you have on your computer is not wise. There are wonderful, free password managers that will give you strong passwords and save them for you. So you won’t have to remember complicated access information. Better yet, these companies are using multifactor authentication so you are even more protected.
Believe it or not, your credit cards are pretty vulnerable. Every time you purchase something, there’s a chance it could be hacked or taken and used elsewhere. There are now companies that will give you a different credit card number so that your personal credit card number is never released online. You also have more control over the subscriptions you are signed up for or the ability to avoid overcharges, so it’s even better for you financially.
Every time you enter your phone number, email address, and mailing address there is a chance it could fall into the wrong hands. Entities could take your social security number. There are a few ways you can protect yourself. You can have a company monitor your social security information for anything out of the ordinary or you can choose a service where you can mask your phone numbers, email addresses and more so there is less for crooks to piece together. One of the worst things that can happen to a person is having their identity stolen, so make sure you take the steps to protect yourself.
Going on the internet might sound menacing but it’s no different from putting your seatbelt on when driving your car. You may not get in an accident but if you do you will be protected. Take the steps to protect your online identity and you will be just fine.