How can you protect your data?
In most areas of everyday life we share personal information – addresses, phone or credit card numbers. We also save more and more personal documents digitally, be it electronic tax declarations, photos or scanned certificates. Many are turning to cloud storage services so that information is available everywhere we need it. But like all valuables – and that’s how we should view our personal data – they should be handled with care. Here are some pointers to keep in mind:
- Protect your PC with security software and a firewall, especially if you’re processing bank transactions or you’re saving important documents digitally
- Always update your operating system and your browser because newer versions often contain security updates
- Don’t use the same password for everything and use a mix of lower and upper case letters, numbers and special characters to make them difficult to guess. Generally speaking, longer complex passwords are more difficult to crack
- Protect your mobile with a PIN so strangers can’t access your personal information. This is also important if you transfer documents using the “Scan-to-Mobile” function
- Don’t open email attachments from people you don’t know. If they don’t seem absolutely trustworthy it’s safer to delete them as they might contain a virus
- Encrypt your important emails