Protecting your digital data from intruders is crucial in this day and age. With confidential data on multiple devices, you want to ensure all your information is properly and safely protected. The good news is there’s more than one way to do just that. In fact, here are the top five ways to protect your digital data.
Make privacy a priority.
One of the simplest ways to make sure that your digital data is safe is by making privacy a priority. In other words, it’s highly recommended that you opt for strong privacy protections. For instance, turning off your location tracking on your phone can help slow your digital information’s erosion. Similarly, for all your devices, strong digital privacy settings can make a world of difference. Also, consider setting up a separate email account that you use only for shopping and other online activities. This will allow you to keep your main email account for more important activities, such as managing your banking and healthcare separately. Other privacy-first options include using website privacy settings, signing out, and being mindful of what you do when using public Wi-Fi.
Strong password and double authentication
Along those same lines, strong passwords and two-factor authentication, especially when used together, make it extremely difficult for anyone to access your information other than you. More often than not, double authentication can be a one-time-use code that’s emailed or texted to your phone, a fingerprint, facial recognition, or voice print. That said, if you’re not a fan of double or two-factor authentication, that’s understandable. But then, you need to make sure your passwords are strong. Typically, auto-generated passwords are the best and make it harder for hackers or intruders to access your information/figure out your password.
Using password managers
Speaking of passwords, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by using a password manager. The truth is we’re all guilty of password reuse, and it’s leaving our digital data vulnerable. With the use of a password manager, you essentially have a virtual vault that creates, and then stores complicated, hard-to-hack passwords for all your online accounts. This, ultimately, lets you access all your accounts with one simple-to-remember password. Note that if you plan to go this route, remember that browser-based password managers aren’t ideal. Instead, look for a desktop application manager or cloud-based option.
Uploading them to cloud storage
Thanks to Apple and others, another way to protect your confidential digital data is by uploading it to the cloud. Here, your important files are encrypted from synchronized devices and safely stored in the cloud. In its most basic form, encryption uses a predetermined pattern to change the series of characters that make up files/data, scrambling them, so they can’t be used with an encryption key. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that not all cloud storage services are created equal, as some offer built-in encryption to protect your data, and some don’t. When in doubt, opt for the cloud storage provider that offers encryption. Though the cloud is a convenient tool for your devices, phones, and laptops, you should still make it a point to encrypt all synced and sensitive data on your hard drive.
Transfer these files to DVDs.
Last but not least, you can always opt for the un-hackable option, and transfer important data to DVDs. Not only is there free DVD burning software available, making it the most cost-effective solution, but also, the entire process of transferring sensitive data to DVDs via DVD-burning software is quick and user-friendly. What’s more, transferring your digital files to DVDs is a great way to back up your data, and you can still encrypt your confidential information to ensure that regardless of where you store your DVDs, you’re the only one who can access this information. Plus, opting to transfer your important files to DVDs makes it possible to keep all your data/files/photos safe whatever happens to your computer or devices.
Ultimately, these are just some things you can do to ensure that your digital data is protected. That said, it never hurts to be proactive and watch out for signs that your data has been breached, or that you’ve been hacked. A few clear signs that your information has been breached or hacked include frequent random popups, social media messages, requests you didn’t send, and unexpected software installs. Be sure to not ignore these tell-tale signs of a possible privacy or security breach. Being ahead of the scammers will protect your data