Whether it’s your pics, your financial information or just your favourite funny cat videos you are storing online, you need to take steps to keep your data safe.
Here are some tips to keep you, and your info, safe from the hackers:
Keep your password secure. Change your password regularly and don’t use the same password across multiple websites. If hackers crack one password it’s a pain, but if they access all your online accounts it can be a nightmare. As many sites use your email as a login ID, using the same password increases your security risk.
Don’t use predictable passwords. Using family or pets’ names or dates of birth is common, but hackers can access some of this data from public sources such as Facebook. Break up passwords by using ranDoM capiTal leTTers or numb3rs. Or for a truly random password, use a password generator.
Use a password manager. If you struggle to remember large numbers of passwords, use a password safe or password manager to store them securely online. All you have to do is remember a master password and retrieve the others as and when you need them.
Disable auto-uploads. If you are concerned about sensitive info or pics, turn off the auto-upload function on services such as Dropbox or iCloud. These services automatically save a backup version of your documents in the cloud but don’t distinguish between everyday photos and files and the ones you really don’t want getting into the wrong hands.
Keep antivirus software up-to-date. Hackers are constantly developing nasty new computer bugs so you need to ensure that you’ve got decent antivirus and antispyware software in place and that it’s up to date.
Avoid phishing emails to keep out the nasties. Viruses and malware often sneak in disguised as other attachments, so ensure that any files you are downloading and opening come from a reliable source.