With instances such as the recent Black Friday sales boom, online shopping has been on the increase with the advent of Covid restrictions throughout the UK.
Whilst some strategic measures have been put in place by companies and industries to protect against customer data theft, not everywhere has been as quick to adopt proper protective methods. With Christmas sales now being done online more than ever, some people resort to buying much sought after products from US-based companies at a time when America is the highest-ranked data theft capital of the world, estimating around 1.9 million records stolen as of late.
With the United Kingdom trailing slightly behind, opportunists are acting on vulnerabilities not just on the place you buy but also your own. Let’s take a simplistic look at how to protect data online.
Data Security Measures You Can Undertake
Even the simplest of measures goes a long way in reducing the risk of having records and payment details accessed by an invading force intent on exploitation. See here for more information on what is considered a data breach.
- Ensure that your home broadband is at the top of its safety standard, and use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to help keep your data protected at all times.
- Get high-quality anti-virus software for all internet-connected devices. A cheap package you currently have will come with vulnerable qualities that could be leaving you at high risk. It’s worth paying for assurance.
- Obscure passwords are as much a security measure as everything else. By using various symbols and even capital lettering throughout and do everything to ensure that passwords are different on each platform.
- Software updates may be an annoying popup on occasion, but they are working to ensure that vulnerabilities on your network are covered at all times. So even if your computer needs a restart, take care of them when needed instead of rescheduling.
- Two-step authentication is a necessity these days to ensure your information and private platforms are secured.
- When you receive emails or texts or even phone calls that request confirmation of log-in details, always check the companies security guidelines upon them asking. Institutes like your bank will never ask for these details, so be aware.
If you share a device be sure to protect your confidential and sensitive files from other others by deleting auto-refills and logging out before finishing and handing overuse. This will ensure that if they access sites that are compromised it will not bring access to your personal documents.
Be sure to backup all important files to cloud storage or a memory stick or external hard drive for safekeeping. However, if the sensitive information provides no further use then you could just delete it and not have it hang around.