Data Privacy Week is being held from January 24 – January 28 and this week is all about understanding and protecting your online privacy. Perhaps not as exciting as National Pie Day last weekend, but an important week nonetheless. As we all know, our digital data gets used by businesses and sometimes can be exploited in this way too. 

Every single click online leaves a digital trail, any activity such as your own online activity, frequently visited websites or personal information is stored and collected without you realising it. Anybody having Facebook data privacy scandal flashbacks by now? While the digital universe grows, it is becoming more evident that people need to know how to handle and protect their personal information online. Some tips to keep your information nice and safe include stringent privacy settings, passwords, and where you upload your valuable information to.   

If this all sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t worry. After reading this blog post you’ll know more about what we’re on about, and be able to take steps to protect your data privacy online. 

Upping your Password Security Game 

Passwords are like underwear, you should change them often, keep them to yourself and don’t leave them lying around (especially not at the office).

Passwords unlock all your personal information online, from social media accounts to your workplace data. There are several forms of attacks that cybercriminals use to get your passwords, and this blog post by Think Connect can take you through them. Here are some top tips to keep your password game strong.  

  • Make your passwords as long as possible, the longer it is the harder it is for software to guess what they are.  
  • Gone are the days of setting passwords as your first dog’s name, these days, we need to use a mixture of capitalisation; symbols and numbers in one password. 
  • Avoid using easy combinations such as ‘1234’ or ‘ABCD’. 
  • Think up the most random unrelated words and link them together to make one password. Doing this will make it more difficult for attackers to guess your password based off of passwords that are commonly used. 
  • Don’t take candy from a stranger… or, don’t give your password details away to anyone unless you are 100% certain of who they are. Remember, some attacks come across as emails asking you to verify your account details.  
  • Don’t use personal information such as birthdays or pets names in passwords in case you are a victim of an attack. 
  • If you realise you have given your details out, change your passwords immediately!
  • For ultimate password security, talk to us about our password manager partners. We can help set you and your business up with a comprehensive and secure place to keep all your passwords easily accessible to you, but safe from everyone else.

Improve your Privacy Settings 

A recent survey investigating levels of concern over online privacy, compared to one year ago in the UK, shows that more than half of the respondents are more concerned about their data and privacy more than ever. Now is the time to update your privacy settings to protect you and even your workplace’s security against cyberattacks. Here are a few tips to implement so that your privacy settings are up to scratch. 

  • Change your browser settings. Set your browser settings to avoid accepting ‘cookies’ from sites you have not visited before. While a cookie does sound tempting, you shouldn’t accept cookies from strangers i.e. bad links. You want to have the peace of mind knowing you can reject ‘cookies’ when you click on a bad link.  
  • For added security, turn on settings that clear cookies when you end your session online. This way, your browsing can be kept as private as possible. 
  • Change social media settings. If you have not looked at your privacy settings in the past year on social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, now is as good a time as any! Decide how much data information you want visible to strangers, and make any corrections to the settings to make you comfortable. Read through your privacy agreements so that you know what social media share with your consent.  
  • Keep your software up to date. We know software updates announce themselves in the least convenient times, but it is all for the better of your computer protecting you against threats! 

There is so much more you and your team can be doing to keep you businesses data secure in 2022, and all of that starts by simply learning more about cyber security threats and simple ways you can protect yourselves from them. Contact us today about our employee education offerings.

Keep up to date with Think Connect for more technology and security tips. Start incorporating the potential for higher security risk into your company’s security business model, and get in touch with Think Connect to see how this is possible.