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How to keep personal data safe and secure?

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Most of us accept the Privacy Policies without read it but, our data can be used in a variety of ways, sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect or even approve.
Personal data is important, when you agree to privacy you are giving away information about yourself, such as, your location, your contacts list or where you shop.

Nowadays, all Internet services require your data to access the service. Personal data is very valuable, which is why companies are always looking for ways to collect it.

Most of us accept the Privacy Policies without read it but, our data can be used in a variety of ways, sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect or even approve.
Personal data is important, when you agree to privacy you are giving away information about yourself, such as, your location, your contacts list or where you shop.

That’s why it is important to understand the value of your personal information and how to manage it. By making a few simple changes you can imrpove your privacy.

-  Read Privacy Policies
We elaborate a list of direct links to find out the privacy policie of the main online services to manage your privacy settings.

-  Secure your accounts
Use a password manager to generate and remember different, complex passwords for every account. You should also use two-step authentication whenever possible for your online accounts.

-  Use antivirus
Viruses might not seem as common as they were a decade ago, but they still exist. Antivirus software is essential for any computer or phone – regardless of whether it is connected to the internet or not. They are an excellent way to help prevent against online fraud or damage on your device.

-  Cookies
Clearing out your cookie caches and browser histories can prevent ad networks from collecting too much information about you.
You can also set your preferences to prevent websites from storing cookies at all.

-  Deactivate the auto fill option
Autofill works by recognizing familiar words and numbers when you complete forms online. Have you ever noticed how when you type in your home’s number, that an autofill option comes up with your street name too? This is dangerous for several reasons, but particularly because this information to enable autofill to work has to be stored somewhere online.

-  Using private browsing modes
In answer to the increased need for online security and staying anonymous online, some browsers have a private browsing feature. These features help users protect themselves when using the internet.

-  Make sure all your social media accounts are private
This is fundamental to limiting the amount of sensitive data that is available about you that is online. Securing your social media accounts is essential as these days most are public by default.

-  Remember to log out
Importantly, closing the window of the account that you have logged into is not enough. A social media giant like the aforementioned Facebook can read everything you are up to, even if you have shut the application or window you were accessing Facebook through.

-  Only use HTTPS links
The link in the address bar of your browser starts with either “http” or “https”. The first one means that the connection between you and the website is open, i.e. anyone who taps into your internet connection can see everything you’re writing or looking at. This is bad.

-  Beware of spam emails
Spam emails are an easy way to avoid being hacked online. By deleting them immediately the moment they get into our inboxes, we are protecting our internet privacy no end. Online users who open suspicious emails are ones that often fall victim to online fraud.

-  Update your software and devices
Devices, programs and apps receive frequent updates with new features and security improvements. These security updates are typically far better at thwarting hackers than antivirus software.

-  Turn off your GPS
Turning your GPS off on your phone in its settings application is key to maintaining your privacy while online. By turning it off, it means that all your applications (of which there will be many) will not be able to read where you are.

-  Use public wifi and hotspots with caution
Public wifi seems like a good way to save our data allowance with our internet provider when out and about. But accessing the internet through a hotspot or public wifi on our handheld devices makes us extremely susceptible to online attack. This is particularly true if we use that public wifi to log on to any online accounts – social media or otherwise.