28.01.2022 – 10:30
The world is becoming more and more digital: photos are stored in the cloud, applications are written via online portals and tax returns are now also digital. This is convenient and simplifies many processes, but also harbors the risk of data theft. Appropriate protection is all the more important. On the occasion of the European Data Protection Day on January 28th, Panda Security shows how users can protect their data.
1. Be careful with personal data
In principle, users should always check whether all personal information is necessary. Often more data is requested than necessary. The information required for the process is often marked with an asterisk. This applies to online shopping as well as to taking out insurance. Users should be particularly careful with their bank details.
2. Encrypt sensitive data
Does communication always have to be encrypted? The answer is simple: if the information can also be on a postcard, then no. Similar to the postcard example, third parties can potentially read unencrypted communications. However, even encrypted data is not protected for long without a secure password. Programs like Panda Dome’s password manager help users to find a suitable one. The user only remembers one master password.
3. Surf anonymously
Search engines like Google store user data for every search. Anonymous search engines like DuckDuckGo offer a privacy-friendly alternative. In addition, Firefox or Chrome’s incognito mode blocks spyware and many potentially malicious scripts, protecting user data. In addition, surfing is much faster.
4. Adjust the settings
This tip applies to the browser, the cookie notices and the privacy settings on social networks. Here the user decides which data is collected, stored and shared with third parties. Cookie notices in particular appear on almost every website and should disappear again as quickly as possible. However, only the most necessary cookies should be accepted. Even if that means two or three more clicks.
5. Check whether you’ve already been hit
On the “Have I been pwned?” Users can check whether their own email address has ever been involved in a data leak. If this is the case, users should change their passwords and run a virus scan.
About Panda Security
Panda Security is a multinational company with headquarters in Spain, specialized in the development of IT security solutions. Initially focused on antivirus software, the company has since expanded its business to include advanced cyber security services. With around 600 employees, Panda Security operates in over 180 countries worldwide.
For more information, see https://www.pandasecurity.com/de/
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