4 Guides That Will Help Improve Your Digital Security
We acknowledge and appreciate the fact that the internet is a great and valuable tool for everyone. It has many advantageous and beneficial to all people in every walks of life. Whether in the academe, corporate world or politics, the internet is being utilised to make the world a digital place.
However, there is a big “BUT” in all these. The world is also threatened by digital security issues such as identity theft, doxing, ransomware, phishing, and many other types of unethical activities that take advantage of people’s internet usage. Even large corporations are vulnerable to these issues.
We advocate internet security and privacy, and we know the importance of digital security. This is why our blog has so many articles dedicated to the enhancement of internet and digital security, along with other categories such as technical reviews and descriptions, advice, and tips.
In this post, we are giving you a recap of four of our articles that had served, and continue to serve, as guides in helping many people to implement some digital security systems personally.
These days, almost everything can be done online – shopping, booking airfares and accommodations, money transfers, and even trading of stocks and other investments. Transactions that are financial in nature are increasingly done online because this is more convenient. You do not have to get out of your house or office to complete these transactions. Just a few clicks and you’re good to go. Transaction sealed.
However, the downside is that there is a danger in doing financial transactions online – just as there are dangers in doing these transactions the normal way. This article, however, focuses on securing your online transactions which will ultimately improve your digital security. It offers ten tips to do this, which includes the following:
- Check for statements;
- Use better and strong passwords;
- Let public terminals be your last option;
- Keep your computer up-to-date;
- Avoid clicking on phishing emails;
- Check for encryption sign;
- Counter check the website’s digital certification;
- Buy and sell from reputed online shops;
- Privatize your wi-fi network;
- Do away with spam promotions.
By following these ten tips, you can be sure that your sensitive data such as credit card information, bank accounts, passwords, and usernames will remain private and secure.
This article draws the line between online stalking and doxing. While online stalking involves browsing through someone else’s social media profiles and other accounts, doxing is totally different. Doxing is online stalking but taken to a very different level by publishing or disseminating the information of a person or an organization to the public.
Both online stalking and doxing are undesirable and unacceptable to any sane person. It sounds so creepy knowing that someone out there is actually monitoring your online activities, practically peeking over your shoulders while you are using your computer. Thus, this article gives you four ways to defend against online stalkers and doxing. These tips are:
- Hiding behind anonymity;
- Being aware of what you post online;
- Making use of privacy settings;
- Having multiple identities.
Have you ever stopped and wondered why the products or services you are interested in keep on appearing on the sidebar of your screen while you are browsing through Facebook, checking your email, or watching a YouTube video? Well, wonder no more. Advertisers are actually stalking your online activities through browsers.
Browser tracking is made possible when you allow cookies to enter your computers and gadgets. Cookies like tags are forms of trackers that advertisers employ in order to track your activities online. Through trackers, they can even obtain pertinent information about your device such as your IP address, screen size, operating system, browsing history, and many more. We recommend three powerful digital security controls that will certainly help in stopping advertisers from tracking your browsing habits. These methods include:
- Not allowing third party cookies on your computer;
- Turning off browser tracking on your computer;
- Using a VPN.
Among the three, the third is the most reliable and effective method as a VPN allows you to hide from anyone, including your internet service provider.
This article gives several reasons why you need to get a personal VPN. It is included in this post’s recap of guides that will help improve your digital security because only a VPN can truly and effectively protect you from cybercriminals, advertisers, stalkers, and trackers. It can even protect you from your internet service provider who might have some interests in finding out what you’re doing online.
Among the reasons why you need a VPN, as cited by this article, are the following:
- A Virtual Private Network protects your privacy;
- A VPN will let you bypass your government’s internet censorship;
- It will stop tracking by Google;
- A VPN will give you other countless benefits while browsing such as access to cheaper airfares, etc
There are so many threats to your online security and privacy. As the world becomes more and more digital and interconnected, there are always those types of people who develop ways to track your online activities. Now, the purpose behind this can be as harmless as knowing what interests you so they’ll know what products and services to offer. However, the purpose of tracking your browsing habits can also be harmful – doxing, ransomware, malware, and identity theft, just to name a few.
With this in mind, there are ways that will help you improve your digital security, and will keep anyone from invading your privacy and doing you harm. The articles highlighted in this post are just four of the many guides that we have come up with because this is our advocacy – to uphold the security and privacy of internet users. Feel free to browse through the blog for more useful information that will arm you in this digital world.