How to Protect Personal Information Online
13 February, 2019 03:48 pm
Technology has made our lives greatly efficient and convenient. From shopping to gift-giving, everything can be done without leaving the comfort of your chair. But with these advances come other serious threats that we all must be aware of. One of these issues is identity theft. With companies going digital and storing valuable information on some form of network, your identity can be easily stolen by people who have enough tech expertise and knowledge to do so. That is why, in this digital era, it is important for any individual to know how he or she can protect their personal information.
1. Do not share personal information on social networking sites. This is one of the most common mistakes people make. Do not share every personal detail about you on these kinds of sites.
- For example, when you get your first credit card, don’t get too excited and post a photo of your credit card on Facebook or Twitter. Once people get a hold of your valuable information through social networking sites, they are free to use it anyway they like.
2.Avoid connecting your computer to any public Internet connection, especially when you’re doing any monetary transaction. Your personal computer holds very important and personal data about you. When you connect it to an unsecure public Internet connection, like a cafe Wi-Fi, people can easily hack into your computer and steal any information stored on it.
3.Do not give away personal information to anyone on the Internet, and be aware of impostors. There are times when you’ll get an e-mail from someone pretending to be someone you know, and then ask questions either about your bank information, addresses, or details about other people. When this happens, do not give out any information as these people are probably impersonators preying on unsuspecting people.
4.Be careful of phishing sites. Phishing sites copy other legitimate websites, such as banks, online shops, and more, and deliberately name their website addresses closely similar to the original site. When people make mistakes in typing the web addresses, they won’t notice the mistake and continue to enter their login information and other details , not knowing that they are on the wrong site and that they've just given away valuable personal and account information.
5.Always scan your computer or personal devices for any possible malware infections. Malicious programs such as spywares track everything you do on your computer, from websites you visit even up to keyboard buttons you press. Download and install reliable antivirus software to keep your computer clean and secure.