In today’s world of big data, rapid development of Internet of Things, and Cloud Computing have led to the explosive growth of sensitive data in almost every industry and business area. The protection of personal data represents one of the most emerging challenges in cyber security. On one hand, the privacy and the discretion of individuals are challenged by various new means of data collection and communication. On the other hand, the growth and development of the information economy is heavily dependent on the level of freedom of business in its gathering, processing and distribution of various kinds of information.

Here are a few D.I.Y. tips for protecting sensitive data.

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Keep your operating system up to date. Do not run older versions of operating systems if the software manufacturer is no longer supporting them

Safely purge old or outdated sensitive information. Your device probably holds sensitive information like addresses and phone numbers, passwords, account numbers, email.

Social Networking. Remember that, no matter what your privacy settings, you don’t have control over information about you that is posted by your “friends”.

Encrypt your data. Using encryption technology is another way to safeguard your information.

Search engines. Be aware that all the big search engines track your search history and build profiles on you to serve you personalised results based on your search history.

When you think about it, the most valuable thing on your computer or network is the data you create. Recent advances in information technology threaten privacy and have reduced the amount of control over personal data and open up the possibility of a range of negative consequences as a result of access to personal data. Data has become the new currency. Individuals are usually not in a good position to negotiate contracts about the use of their data. The use and management of user’s online identifiers are crucial in the current Internet and social networks. Convenience over security, start your secure transformation to a secure lifestyle.

 

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