The online world is growing by leaps and bounds at an amazing pace. It is intricately enticing our lives every moment. But with the increase in network and connectivity, keeping data safe online and offline has become a nightmare for almost all of us. With more and more technologies coming to enhance our online experience, be it for business purpose or even networking with friends, the abuse of these technologies are also increasing at an alarming rate. Identity thefts, data theft, money laundering and account hacking are some of the forms of cyber terrorism along with many other forms. To make your online experience safe and best for now and also on a long term basis, here are some tips that can be really handy. These tips will help you protect your personal data both offline and online too.
1. # Store:
All documents that carry your personal details like your passport, driving license and similar ones should always be stored in a safe place. When you are travelling abroad or somewhere far, leave a copy of these documents in a bank locker or a secure safe at home.
2. # Safe Courier:
When you are trying to send important documents which are personal, take advice from the post office for the best and most secure mode of postage.
Do not forget to shred all copies of important documents before you throw them away. They may include your bank statements, receipts, bills which might be having your personal details on them.
4. # Passwords:
It is very wise to use different PINs for different accounts. Also using different passwords for different bank accounts or email accounts is also a safe practice. It is always better not to use public computers for internet banking or accessing personal information.
In case you have accessed these from public computers for some reason or the other, change the password at the first instant you get home.
5. # Do not share:
Do not share any of your personal details over any unsolicited emails, phone calls or in person. Be careful and keep your eyes or ears open. Always visit the website for a double check on the organization. But it is always wise not to disclose them over the phone or email without confirming their genuineness.
Be careful of fraudulent offers and phishing mails.
6. # Spyware protection:
Install good antivirus software with malware and spyware protection to be safe. It is better to buy one paid version and always keep updating them.
7. # Careful downloading:
Be careful about your downloads. Do not download suspicious materials from the inbox, or from suspicious emails. Also avoid downloading from unsafe sites. Turn on security of your browser to maximum levels for better safety. Also using internet safety features can be a good option.
8. # Data destruction:
Delete all personal data after use from your handheld or computer. It is better to shred the data electronically. There are some softwares that will help you delete these data from your email servers also. You can manually delete them forever from them as well.
9. # Turn-off wi-fi, blue tooth:
Turn off your blue tooth and wi-fi when not in use. When using make sure to turn on the prompting option before any download. Also avoid using Wi-Fi while accessing personal data, do not use insecure internet connection or wi-fi to log in. also turn off the auto fill and auto save options in your browser.
Also turn off the internet when not using. Be careful about p2p networks when using them.
10. # Update:
Always update your browser and operating system for safety. They always add some updated safety features for you.
It is not possible to control your personal data that are with the authorities. But you can always control your data on your computer and handheld. Be careful how you are using your handheld, and keep it password protected, and limit its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi access. Do not share personal information on social networking sites or your website except a few. Most importantly using a little bit of common sense can help you protect your personal data both online and offline.
About the author: Alia is a blogger by profession. She loves writing, reading and travelling. Besides this she is fond of luxury cars and wishes to own a Mercedes Benz one day.