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Steps to ensure safety online in today’s digital world

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 21, 2018, 12:41 pm IST
Updated Apr 21, 2018, 12:41 pm IST
Some simple steps you can take to ensure that the information or data you possess is not being used or it is safe and secure with you.
From Google-ing a data to companies, uploading any data, Internet has become an integral part of our lives.
 From Google-ing a data to companies, uploading any data, Internet has become an integral part of our lives.

Undoubtedly, Digital world offers endless opportunities. And since technology is one thing that is always resolute in advancing, it has evolved to being better at every step as well. From Google-ing a data to companies, uploading any data, Internet has become an integral part of our lives. The online platform can be highly attractive, but like every coin has two sides so does the Internet boon. Very recently, since a matter of a year, hacking scandals and cyber-threats have once again emphasized on digital security. A quick recap includes Facebook breach, WhatsApp data breach etc.

The question now is, how do we tackle the advancements? What steps does one need to undertake against the potential dangers of the cyber world?  

 

We spoke to Zakir Hussain, Director, BD soft, Country Partner of Bitdefender to highlight a few tips for vulnerable netizens. He gave us some important angles and areas which we as common internet users fail to implement. Read on.

Let’s understand some simple steps you can take to ensure that the information or data you possess is not being used or it is safe and secure with you.

In fact, consumers are the strongest line of defense that can take a vital and proactive approach to educate themselves on the implications of hacks. Nevertheless, there are basic and very simple steps to take it further to ensure the cybersecurity of your data.

Do not use the same passwords, everywhere:

Usually, people do use the same passwords for all their internet-required apps. If your response is yes, as well, you must know that online security has become better as websites demand a frequent change of your passwords.

In today’s amassing digital world, consumers overshare their private information. But every time a person shares its location answers an online quiz, or talks about their personal life, somewhere they are leveraging the hackers with clues to guess what the passwords could be. Complicated passwords are important because different password comprised of different numbers and characters. Agreed, it can be easy to forget then make a list of passwords on different pieces of paper and store them in a secure place using the coded information to ensure only you know which is which.

Protect the operating system:

Security pop-up boxes that without-permission download the updates are really annoying at times, but consider that as a breach in your computer. Downloading antivirus software and firewalls directly from unsure websites is bare-bones protection for your computer.

Though your technology and hackers are becoming advanced, still a number of people are not up-to-date with their systems. Deploy your computer with the updated, secured and most trusted antivirus software that encrypts the PC safely. Since mobile phones are the foremost device, cloud and offline storage are the zones where data is stored. Hence, there is an essential need for ironclad security which includes using one’s biometrics or unique traits or behavioral characteristics to prove that the identity is safeguarded.

Multifactor backup authentication:

Save your important documents, banking information and treasured data in as many ways as you physically and virtually can. Create a back-up of your data and store it with a specified passcode that accesses all the files and data. Make sure that you also have different ways to log into your accounts, if one of the ways does not work effectively, there must be another way to direct your path into that. It may include your other email account to change the password or emergency contact through or mostly your personal questions that can give you an access to your accounts.

Technology is growing smart, but when it comes to today’s digital world, you cannot assure just any antivirus or cyber-security system. So, deploy the right and secured software that safeguards your data efficiently.

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