As technology continues to evolve and develop, computer networks need to be more secure. This is particularly critical considering the number of hackers and spammers waiting to get their hands on your personal and financial information. It is extremely important now more than ever for you to protect your privacy both online and offline.
And to help you with this, here are some tips that you can follow to make your computer networks more secure and protect your personal information from spammers and hackers.
1. Regularly change your passwords
Keeping your online accounts secure is one of the best ways to protect your privacy. The usernames and passwords that you use are your only line of defense against hackers and spammers. If they cannot get past your username and password, they will not be able to access your accounts and get hold of your personal and financial information.
To protect your online accounts, it is important to create a highly unique password. Aside from this, you should also consider regularly changing your passwords. Experts recommend doing this at least once a month. Set a day in a month, where you sit down in front of your computer to change the passwords on all your account. Because you frequently change your passwords, it will not be easy for hackers and spammers to access your accounts.
2. Use social media carefully and wisely
Today, a huge part of people’s daily lives is dedicated to using social media. People have become dependent on social media. If they want to learn more about something, if something happened to them, they go online and share it through social media, making it accessible across a number of computer networks. Indeed, social media did more than to connect people from all parts of the world. It has now become the number one source of news and information.
Unfortunately, social media has also made it easier for hackers and spammers to get hold of your personal and financial information. This is especially true for those who share everything that happens in their life via their social media accounts. Even if you keep your account private, you may have thousands of friends online most of whom you really do not know or have not met personally.
Thus, you should practice extreme care when sharing through social media. You should also consider limiting your online friends. Remove those who you really do not know or are not associated with. Make sure your accounts are set in a level of privacy that you are comfortable with.
3. Take better care of your mobile devices
A great part of today’s advancements in technology is using mobile devices to access online accounts either for work or personal use. As a result, today’s smart phones and tablets hold more valuable information than before. And because of this, the bad guys who want to get hold of your personal information will only have to access your mobile devices. And sometimes, you even make their job easier by not taking better care of your mobile devices.
If you are not able to better take care of your smart phones and keep them on you at all times, you should set some form of protection for the personal information in your mobile devices. Aside from this, you should be able to remotely wipe all information in your mobile devices or instantly lock it the minute you realize it is missing.
4. Set a separate email that you can use for spam
Most of the websites today require submitting your email address for you to access their content. If you are unsure of the website’s credibility, you can either move on to the next website or create a separate email address that you can use for this specific purpose.
Note that these types of websites often ask for your email address so they can send you promotional and marketing emails. And this will only clog up your inbox, making it hard for you to sort through them and find your important and work-related email messages.
Submitting your personal or business-related email addresses to less credible websites is the easiest way for your email address to be hacked. And you do not want that to happen to the email address that you use personally or for your work. When this happens, it will be easy for the hackers to access your computer and get hold of your valuable information. Prevent this from happening by creating a generic email address that you can use for submitting to websites.
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