Ok, it may not seem like the most interesting topic in the world, but with all of the news reports about how major companies like Amazon took a hacker hit just days before their annual Black Friday shenanigans, we felt the need to touch again on the most important things you need to know when it comes to protecting your online data.
Here's a screenshot of the email Amazon's UK division sent out to customers. Read on for things you can do to avoid compromising the privacy of your business, team, and customers.
Encrypt, encrypt, Encrypt
This may seem like a daunting word, and you may also think that this is out of your control. Sure, WhatsApp encrypt your data, but can you really do it yourself? Well, you can protect your own data using encryption plug-ins; for the non-tech-savvy, you can download some extra protection on your internet browser that scrambles your data if anyone is trying to view it. This can be applied to emails and email attachments, where your data is probably most vulnerable to hackers. If you want to keep safe online, encryption is definitely a good shout (and it will make you feel like a real tech whizz, we promise).
Protect Your IP Address
Ok, this is an important one, and may terrify you just a little bit. Your IP address is basically a super long combination of numbers and letters that identifies your device, and allows people to see where you are, your broadband provider, and a whole lot more. You may be thinking: ‘what is my IP address’? Well, it's easy to find out, and the results may shock you. Stay safe online, and download some kind of VPN to scramble your IP address, so that hackers can’t see your exact location and loads of other stuff about you. You’ll thank yourself for it.
Use Caution When Sharing Your Data
This may seem like a no-brainer, but giving your data to the wrong people could land you in big privacy trouble. If you’re going to put all of your information on any social media site, such as Facebook, be aware that data is like a goldmine to advertising companies, and they’ll pay big bucks for it. This has meant that in the past, your data has been up for grabs to anyone who has the money to pay for it. Terrifying, right? So be careful who you give that information to, if you want to protect your online privacy.
So, there we have it. Three quick ways to make sure that your data is as safe as possible, and the best part? There are some tech geeks out there who have done most of the hard work for you, so you can install the plug-ins that they’ve developed, and stop worrying about your privacy. If you’re concerned about hackers, and what data you have that is out there for the taking, put a stop to it now and know that when you’re browsing, you’re as safe as possible.
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