One of the biggest favors that you can do for yourself in the Information Age is to protect your digital presence. The two broad categories that this has to take place in are with respect to business matters and personal ones. If you take logical steps to make sure that your security is solid, then you won’t have to deal with many of the negative consequences that other, less focused people run into.
Five tips in particular to keep in mind are to understand business threats from the inside, paying attention to the ability to access social profiles from the outside, protecting your data in the cloud, understanding email fundamentals, and knowing your networks so far as security goes.
Business From the Inside
If you’re inside a company that has a set of contained and private data, there’s always the chance that an internal security risk is present. These risks can either be unintentional, like employees not paying attention to security protocol, or they can be intentional, in the case of something like corporate espionage or even self-sabotage. The best thing to do is make sure that privacy walls between different levels of workers are maintained and have a logical degree of accuracy.
Social Profiles From the Outside
Social profiles are turning into the lifeblood of many people’s careers and lives. And that’s why having one of them hacked can be such a huge deal. Suddenly someone can not only access your personal posts and even drafts, but can also act as you and post things on other profiles. Once in happens in one account, if you use the same passwords in other places, it’s like a house of very dangerous cards falling in terms of your digital presence.
Data in the Cloud
Once you pick a cloud service that’s within your budget and makes sense in terms of how much space or processing power you need, the next thing to pay attention to in terms of security is how well that cloud space is encrypted. In other words, if someone came across a data dump somehow, would they be able to see your pictures and read your files? If so, you might want to find a way to avoid that potential risk. We’ve all seen what happens when celebrity clouds get hacked!
Email is a great convenience, but always be cautious about the kind of information that you’re putting out there in text form. Think of Wikileaks issues in the past, and decide how much you’re willing to risk by having sensitive data in there, whether you think it’s private or not.
Know Your Networks
And finally, if you’re not on a secure network (this is mostly with regard to free wi-fi in places like restaurants or airports), then you should avoid interacting with any sites that require financial information during those times. Open networks are great for streaming video on, but not great for paying bills on!