7 basic methods to protect personal data
Digital transformation is reforming many fields of life. This transformation brings many concerns and questions regarding the protection of personal data with it. However, there are very easy methods eliminating the concerns to protect the personal data from all curious eyes. Generali Sigorta, the first insurance company of Turkey with its 150 years old history shared easy and effective tips to protect personal data both online and offline.
Back up the data
To keep the copy of digital data is one of the easiest methods to protect personal data. However, this method is often ignored. If a device is lost, stolen or damaged, back up means the information and documents are safe. Using an external hard disk, data can be backed up easily.
Do not use public wireless networks
Wi-Fi signals generally reach outside the house, so it becomes an easy target for the hackers. Using a strong password with letter, number and special characters, this situation can be prevented. Moreover, using public wireless networks use should be avoided and if used, you must be made sure that websites start with HTTPS instead of HTTP. The websites starting with HTTPS provide a safer connection.
Use antivirus software
Malware software cause trouble to everyone and has risks like virus or spywares. A good antivirus software is the best way to prevent them.
Change passwords regularly
Passwords should be longer than 15 characters and regularly changed. Even more important, passwords should not be kept close to your device or stored on your device.
Do not post birth date and address information
Information such as address, birth date can easily be used for bad intentions. This kind of information should not be posted on online platforms to prevent this risk.
Check Camera and Bluetooth
It should not be forgotten that hackers can reach the camera even if the camera is turned off. If it is not used, camera should be turned off or a cover for camera can be considered as measures. As Bluetooth can also be a back door for hackers, Bluetooth should also be turned off.
Scan and back up the files
For offline security, scanning and saving important files on the computer can be taken as a measure. Therefore, data loss in case of risk can be prevented as both digital and written copies of the files will be available.