6 ways to protect your privacy online

6 ways to protect your privacy online

One whole year ago, the EU introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to help protect us all from privacy and data breaches in, what they called, a data-driven world. And central to all of this is the internet. Whether in our personal lives or at work, most of us are spending large parts of our day online.

But, in doing so, if not careful, we’re also leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for lurking hackers to hoover up. So, to celebrate GDPR’s birthday, we’ve come up with 6 ways to keep those crumbs to yourself and protect your privacy online. Check them out below…

1. Be more creative with your PIN numbers and passwords

‘123456’ sure might be an easy password to remember, but it’s also super easy to work out. So get more creative with your PIN numbers and passwords and go for something completely random. Don’t use the same password for everything and, if you’re worried about remembering them all, use a password manager to help you out.

2. Give yourself a buffer

Start using two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security. Even if the worst happens and your password is stolen, the thief will be stopped at the second verification step and won’t be able to access your account.

3. Install the right software

Make sure you have anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed on your computer, and a firewall if you use a hard drive. And turn on those software auto-updates, otherwise you may still be at risk.

4. Be suspicious of files or links sent by strangers

If an email looks too good to be true (think HMRC tax rebates), then it probably is. Exercise caution when you receive any files or links sent by strangers, and, if in doubt, don’t open. It might be a phishing scam.

5. Opt out of automatic log ins

They may make life a little easier, but setting automatic log ins on your computer means, if the computer got into the wrong hands, that person also has an easy way in. Get into the habit of logging off when finished as well.

6. Take extra precautions in public places

If using the internet somewhere like a coffee shop or an airport, remember you’re on public Wi-Fi, and therefore an unsecured network. Wait until you’re back at the office or home to share files and confidential data – or use a virtual private network (VPN) so you can work remotely but securely.

By implementing all of the above, you can enjoy the online world, safe in the knowledge you’re looking after your data. And we can help you look after that data too. If you’ve got any old hard-drives, back-up tapes or CD-ROMs you want to get rid of, we can dispose of these for you by physically destroying them (the only way to ensure your confidential data remains that way). As always, just get in touch with us on 01242 588600 or at sales@printwaste.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help!