Simple Ways To Protect Your Online Privacy

February 13, 2019

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Just last year, millions of people have been affected by data breaches and security flaws that exposed your personal data to criminals.  But it is nearly impossible to do business and carry on with life without using the Internet. So be smart in 2019 and start to incorporate these safety measures online. One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect the security of your computers and mobile devices is to keep the software up to date. Updates help manufacturers patch security vulnerabilities quickly, such as the update Apple sent to fix the facetime eavesdrop issue. After installing an update, it's a good idea to double-check your digital privacy settings to make sure nothing has changed in the process. And updates aren't just for phones and laptops, Check for security updates for your router (Wi-Fi), security cameras and baby monitors. To make your passwords useless to hackers is to opt for two-factor authentication. After entering you’re password and before accessing your data, you must submit an additional level of proof; usually a numeric code that is sent to your phone.  A little more cumbersome but very effective and worth the added steps. Freeze your credit. This prevents most lenders from looking at your credit history, which keeps them from issuing a credit card or approving a loan to an unauthorized party. Just remember to un-freeze it if you are shopping for a mortgage or wanting to open a new line of credit yourself. Finally, use a password manager.  It is essentially a virtual vault that creates and then stores complicated, hard-to-hack passwords for all your online accounts, letting you access them with one simple-to-remember password. Though password managers are superb at helping you generate an effective new password and remember it, they can't automatically replace all your existing passwords. So be prepared to log in to each one individually, opt to change your password, then let your password manager do the rest.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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