A Guide to Digital Security and Cybersecurity: Staying Secure Online

Written by Fraser Stewart
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Most scams and identity theft has moved online, so digital security has become more important than ever. You need to protect not only your credit card details and personal information but your data too. In this article, we will answer what is digital security and how to increase your safety online.

What Is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is all about defending your online information and your devices. Hackers are not the only threats out there, though they are a very large threat. You should also be concerned about your past internet presence being used against you and people tracking you down based on the information you share online.

Digital security does not just mean computer security; it applies to all devices connected to the internet and your online presence. The following things could be under threat:

6 Tips To Increase Your Digital Security

Now that we are aware of the many online threats, how do we protect ourselves? Not everyone is an IT wizard capable of installing impenetrable online security to protect their online presence. Here are some simple tips to increase your digital security.

Limit the Personal Information You Share

Be really careful about the amount of personal information you put out into the world. When social media was still very new, we would add our hometowns, schools, family members, and dates of birth. Now, most people are a little more careful, but a few people are still sharing way too much information online. Never share the following information:

Do not share this information on social media sites or when talking to somebody online. Limiting the amount of personal information you have online will reduce the chances of identity theft. It will also stop people you interact with online from being able to find you in person. By doing this, you are not only protecting yourself but other people around you.

Strict Privacy Settings

Privacy settings for all social media should be kept extremely strict so you can limit who has access to the information you share. Keep access to your social media as friends only and review each friend request before accepting. Go through friends lists every year or so to delete anyone that you don’t want to have access.

Audit Social Media

It is wise to go through your social media from time to time to audit it. Go through old posts and determine if you still want them to exist on the internet. A good principle when auditing or posting is “would I want my mum to see this, or would I want the boss of my dream job to see this?” Deleting it will not remove it from the internet forever, but it will reduce the likelihood of it being used against you.

In general, operate with care when posting on social media or messaging people. You do not know what people can screenshot or keep. This includes things you say and pictures you share.

Set Secure Passwords

Setting a password can be difficult. It is hard to find that sweet spot between it being secure and being easy to remember. Writing passwords down will make even the strongest password weak.

At least do the following things:

Watch Where You Click

Some of the common ways hackers access your computer is by getting you to download things online or click on popups. If you receive an email from an unknown source or something you didn’t sign up for, mark it as spam, do not open it. Similarly, do not open links if you do not know where they go.

Be Careful on Shared Internet

When your device is logged on to shared internet, it is vulnerable to attacks. Be careful what you check when you are logged onto public WiFi, as it is much easier for strangers to access your device. As a general rule, do not log into financial accounts while on shared WiFi.

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