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By: Tom Riddle
The World Wide Web has certainly made everyday living a convenience for most of us. Though, just like all great things, one must be responsible in how they utilize this invaluable tool. Several websites require mandatory registration, forcing users to disclose their personal information –individual data that could be good as gold. Thus, how one can safeguard this so called “gold” all depends on his or her knowledge of the internet. On the other hand, not everyone knows how to safely utilize the internet; therefore the following information contains a list of most common data security mistakes people make.
You instinctively enter your real information, even though it is not necessary:
You really don’t have to enter your real name, birthday or your address unless you feel it’s absolutely necessary. If you can get away with entering false information – given that it’s not against the law –then you should avoid entering your real information.
You hate changing your passwords:
It is likely that you have several online accounts; so many that you probably lost count by now. Consequently, you have several different set of credentials to remember – the fact that we are able to memorize them is astonishing. In good practice, you should always change your passwords frequently, regardless of how tedious you may find the procedure.
Your password and username are all the same:
There is a slight risk in using the same password and username for all of your accounts. Consequently, hackers already know this, and once a single account has been hacked, it becomes easier for a hacker to crack the rest of your accounts. Therefore, avoid using the same set of credentials for all online accounts.
You overlook virus alerts:
When you receive a virus alert, do you simply ignore it? Well, you shouldn’t. Viruses such as the infamous “heart bleed” virus have the capability to hack your entire back account, not leaving even a single penny behind. Therefore, consistently update your antivirus software, which can prevent such viruses from collecting your personal details such as bank account login credentials. In addition, sensitive data saved on your PC should be encrypted with software designed to Lock Folder(s).
You don’t bother to look at details on your credit-card statements:
If you don’t account for every single charge on your credit-card, then you should start doing it right now. Sometimes, a small unauthorized charge on your credit-card can indicate that your personal information has been comprised.
You don’t look up your credit score:
Looking up your credit score can sometimes reveal minute abnormalities; a sudden drop in your credit-score could be a sign of identity theft. If you feel that your credit-score is not as low as it should be, then this is something that you should be concerned about.
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