It seems every day you turn on the news a company has been hacked and personal information obtained. Here are 5 tips to help you protect the privacy of your personal information.
Don’t provide personal information to anyone who calls you
The call from the IRS saying you must pay them or the sheriff is coming to your house is a scam. Also, the email from the Prince of India with money for you is also a scam. If you receive a call from your bank, Utility Company, or any other person asking for your personal information, hang up and call back with the company with a number from an official source, back of your credit card, or company website. Companies will be respective to this and if not it even provides more signs of a scam.
Use Strong Password
Keeping the excel spreadsheet on your desktop names password is a huge no-no. We have heard to use different passwords for each application we use but how can you remember each one. To resolve that issue use a password
manager that will not only remember the passwords but generate strong passwords and fill them in automatically for you.
Hackers have figured out the most common symbols used so rather than use them choose a phrase that is long over 8 characters.
Use two-factor authentication
So what is two-way authentication? When you log in, you’ll also need to enter a special code that the site texts to your phone or token. Some services require it each time you log in, other just when you’re using a new device or web browser. You may feel this is time consuming and not worth the effort but if you are serious about your privacy you will work through those few extra seconds. If is well worth the effort.
Keep your social media sites private
It seems we all have at least one social media site: Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, snapchat. We want to share information but do you really need to tell the whole world? Not really! Check your social media site setting to make sure only friends can see what you are doing.
Lie when creating password security questions
Yes…you are being told to lie on something in life. The most common security questions are “What is your mother’s maiden name?”, “In what city were you born?”, or “What was your first car?”. These were created to keep your account safe from people accessing it. However, in our day and time all these kinds of answers by a quick google search or from your post on social media. So make up a lie on these. That will make it one way harder to hack.
Do you know of any good privacy tips to protect your personal information? Add them in the comments below!