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Ways to Protect Your Personal Data Online

Information is power. If someone hacks into your accounts, they have the power to do a lot of damage. This is why it is important you take precautions into protecting your personal information. Thankfully, there are an increasing number of Android apps that promise to protect your personal data, but which are worth downloading? Here are 5 things you can do right now to protect your personal data:

  1. Password Managers

Most people know by now to use strong passwords consisting of symbols, numbers etc. That is a solid way to protect your account but there’s a risk of forgetting such complex passwords. With Password managers, never forget a password again, get real-time updates for new password requirements, track recent activity and detect when a site has been hacked. Password Managers will store your encrypted data in their database, preventing a hacker from accessing your account.  You don’t want to be doxed by any malicious entity. Security threats are always changing, and they will grow more common and nasty. Some of these cases are strong enough to warrant the victim to arm themselves with a self-defense gun or weapon.

  1. Prevent Apps Tracking

With location tracking becoming a common practice for most apps, it is time that we help you prevent apps from tracking your location and history. Do you know that it is easy to track and grab device information, location, GPS data, and contacts and so on?

Luckily, you can actually opt-out of this by simply going to your device’s settings and disable “Allow Apps to Request to Track”. Most people just don’t read the fine print and/or just agree when an app pops the question.

Whether you choose to prevent ad tracking or not, you will continue to view advertisements; they will just be less relevant to you. You could still see a backpack advertisement, but it’s unlikely to be for the identical kind of bag you left in your online buying cart an hour ago.

  1. Router Security

WIFI has become ubiquitous in our lives that we don’t think about it. Even though our device has built-in measures in case of suspicious activity, it’s a good idea to think of ways to strengthen it. For added protection, you can use a router-based firewall technology that provides real-time protection against phishing and malware-enabled attacks. Router companies these days have a 3 stage filtering process that allows you to control what devices connect to your network.

  1. VPN – Private Internet Access

If you want to keep your online presence and search history private while keeping your internet search history off of marketers’ radars, then read on. Protect your private communication, stop hackers, and browse anonymously. Use your preferred VPN provider to hide your IP addresses to locations all over the world. VPN also allows you to access websites that you otherwise can’t access in your country. It’s definitely a big deal because we should be free to access information. For example, one needs to know specific details about an exclusive handgun but the information can only be viewed in specific regions, they can use VPN.

  1. Backup Data

Imagine your life without backup. Your computer data is too precious to risk, especially if there’s any chance you could lose it. Have you ever had files from your computer get corrupt and lead to hours or days of stress trying to restore them? It’s a great inconvenience, to say the least. Keep the most important files from all your data backups with you at all times. Having a personal hard disk drive provides a convenient way to organize key documents and software.  

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