Are you worried about your data being breached, stolen, or worse? Good, then you are on the right track. Protecting your privacy should be a quintessential aspect of navigating the online world. But how can you be smart about protecting your data?
Oversharing is Far From Caring
We all know the science behind it, and yet we pay no heed. We know that the dopamine surge you get when you overshare on online platforms is addictive. We also know that it exposes you to greater threats than you can fathom. And yet many of us still choose to indulge in it.
The smartest way to ensure the least data seepage is to be as low-key as you possibly can be. The trick here is to share your social media life, not your life on social media. Hackers and other notorious elements of the online world are on their toes to get some sweet insight into your private data.
Sure, online identity monitoring tools are available for purchase and they help out a great deal. But, at the end of the day, it boils down to your discretion too. If you are being reckless, you will face the negative consequences of oversharing.
Account numbers, credentials, IDs—these can sell like hotcakes if they end up in the wrong hands. So please make sure that you don’t spill your heart out in the online world – identity theft can be done in the coyest of ways, so you better be on your toes, always.
Use a Different Browser
Data spillage happens in the most discreet of ways. Without your knowledge, your daily activities could be transmitting a good bit of personal data. That being said, Google is one of the elements that you should be wary of.
Google is notorious for selling user data to the highest bidder. Not just that, but the AdSense marketing tool is claimed to be for the benefit of both customers and advertisers. Honestly, while we can agree that it allows you to be served ads in a more customized fashion, the implied security risks are pretty high.
You can always use smarter browsers, such as DuckDuckGo, Gibiru, or Wolfram Alpha. The point here is to seek alternatives that won’t be as determined to sell your data as Google is.
Use Quality Antivirus Software
This goes without saying but please do invest in good antivirus software. It is often said that cybersecurity breaches are difficult processes, but protecting your systems is as simple as investing in a good product.
That being said, you are pretty much spoiled with choices on this front. Thanks to the free market, you can find a quality antivirus that is suited to your needs and demands. Not only do these keep your systems safe but forewarn you of any issues or probable breaches.
As you will read later, Bitdefender has you covered on this front with its wide selection of choices.
Click with Caution
We just want to get the precautionary basics right, because it is often the little things that cause a significant privacy breach. You should always be extremely wary of what you click, and where.
The award-winning security solutions provider, Bitdefender, is here to make sure you understand the consequences of venturing into unknown online environments.
One of their cybersecurity mascots, the Suspicious Lynx, can help keep you wary of any malicious links online. This way, you will be advised against clicking where you should not. Remember, most of the data leakages happen because you unknowingly allow them to happen.
Taking random surveys, venturing onto suspicious websites, clicking where you shouldn’t—all these things can bear consequences. Click with caution, exercise precaution.
Keep Your Devices Updated
Oftentimes, OEMs will push updates that rectify software breaches. We can’t stress this enough—you absolutely need to know how to update your apps and devices to newer versions. Regular updates are meant to keep your data safe, and security patches are meant to keep your programs up to date, running smoothly.
Another of Bitdefender’s digital characters – the Updating Chameleon, is here to lend a helping hand, for those of you who are not on your toes when it comes to installing updates. The Updating Chameleon will remind you that you need to keep your devices updated to the latest versions, all the time.
Secure Your Presence Online
Let’s head into the more advanced practices, shall we? Right off the bat, you need to ensure that your presence online is as masked as it can be. Using a VPN is a pretty good way to ensure this.
With a VPN, not only is your IP (or geographic location, for that matter) safe, but you also make your online presence as leakproof as you can. For instance, your data is encrypted too, and that makes it much more difficult for criminals to pry into your system.
On that note, there are Antidetect browser solutions in case you don’t wish to use a paid VPN. This has its own advantages, but we personally advise you to be as well protected as you can be. Secure your presence online right away.
Another way to ensure minimum data spillage or security leaks is to conform to the standard of two-factor authentication. This is a way to ensure that the main gate to the privacy castle is always sealed, even if the enemies are standing right outside.
The Two-Factor Toucan will be here to tell you exactly how to do this. When you apply this measure to various apps, you will not just be required to provide your credentials, but also to authenticate the login process. With two-factor authentication, it will be even harder for hackers to snoop into your data.
Now that you have deep insight into protecting your privacy, we urge you to practice discretion. This way, you won’t have a lot to worry about and can go about working online much more comfortably.
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