Can you trust all the apps on your phone? Do you really feel comfortable clicking on that link? Does that DM from evilslug213 look suspicious?
Chances are, the answer is a big fat NO.
Don’t worry, we aren’t here to scare you to death. In fact quite the opposite. What you do online can have real consequences for you and your loved ones. We want to make sure you know the dangers so you can avoid unnecessary risks and prevent your personal information from falling into the wrong hands.
We’ve put together these simple tips to keep you and your data safe. Follow and share them them with your friends and family. Because sharing is caring…
Use a password manager
You guessed it. ‘123456’ or ‘password’ are not clever, and they certainly aren’t secure. But even if you dreamt up a great password you think no one will ever guess, the chances are you are using it for all your accounts. And that is bad practise. So how are you supposed to use a different strong, unique passwords on all the websites you use? The solution is a password manager. Password managers store your login info for all the websites you use and help you log into them automatically. They encrypt your password database with a master password – the master password is the only one you have to remember!
Get 2 factor authentication
Even when you use a secure password, bad things can still happen. So what is 2 factor authentication? Two-factor authentication is when you need two ways of proving your identity when logging into an account. The most common is receiving a code via text on your phone after entering your password. This second layer in two-factor authentication means a hacker would need to steal your password along with your phone in order to access your account. Make sure to check the settings in all your different accounts to see if you can switch this one today!
Don’t become a victim of phishing
Despite it’s slightly funny name, it is anything but comical. Phishing links are often found in emails. If you click them or download the attachment it can allow hackers to get your login details or other account information. Back in the day these emails were easy to spot. Most of us would probably find an email from a Nigerian prince asking for money to help an astronaut get home from their secret space mission suspect. However, they aren’t all like this. Some are sophisticated. They may mask themselves as your bank. The best advice we can give is, if you aren’t sure about an email or a link. Don’t click on it!
Keep software up to date
Taking the time to update your smartphone’s operating system is critical to keeping your data safe. The updates let you stay a step ahead of hackers and the latest malicious things they’re spreading across the web. Be sure to change your phone’s settings so it’s set to auto-update.
Only download apps from Google and Apple’s stores
Sounds obvious doesn’t it? But you’d be surprised how many people download apps from untrusted sites and this can lead to dodgy software being downloaded onto their devices. That isn’t to say every app in the stores are 100% trustworthy, but they are a lot more likely to have been tried and tested.
So there you have it. Five easy to follow tips that should help to keep those pesky hackers at bay. Privacy online has never been more important. That is why we want to help you help yourself!
Let us know if you need any help with the above or with anything else.
Thanks and regards,
Incognito Privacy Care Team.