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Personal Data Privacy; Nine ways to protect your information!

This article highlights ways to improve your personal data privacy, best practices, and tips on how can you protect your PII, which is critical for you.

We all see or live around a lot of information in our daily lives – the most critical type to keep private is your PII, which is Personally Identifiable Information. Personal Data Privacy is very important. These are generally your ID numbers such as your driving license, passport, Hospital Patient ID number, PAN Card, Aadhar, Credit Account Numbers, etc.

At a higher level, It isn’t just the ID numbers, but anything that can help identify you – which could include your biometrics such as fingerprint, retina scan details, phone numbers, and even your addresses.

Why should you care about your Personal Data Privacy?

Only fill out relevant and required information whenever you sign up on any online platform.

It is essential to keep this information private and protected. One of the main reasons you should protect these data is to prevent identity theft. This occurs when someone gains access to your personal information and pretends to be you online. Especially these have long-lasting impacts on both your online reputation and digital privacy. Keep your social media accounts to friends – especially when you share a lot of your updates. Be vary on whom you add as a friend on Social Networks; a friend’s friend doesn’t mean, he/she is your friend.

Nine ways to safeguard your PII

1 Do not input your personal information into untrusted sources and sites that are likely to be compromised; if you are unsure, do not share the information.

2 Don’t get lured by contests at malls and give out all your information. Be careful about what you share. Be cautious of all the offers that you get on your calls. Most of the time, they are just fetching more information about you.

3 Never give your personal information to anyone over the phone, even if it is from your bank. Always ask for a nearby branch to validate the request, or even call back your bank to verify. Think twice and check before you click any link on your emails. The chances of it being a phishing attack are higher, especially when someone is giving you an offer that is too good to be true.

4 Do not join free-wifis unless you are sure of it. Choose to connect through a VPN if you use public wifi for work. In public places or while commuting, always pay attention to check if anyone is shoulder surfing your phone or laptop.

5 Log in to the online banking websites only when you are on a protected network. Unsecured networks may always land in potential risks.

6 While shopping online, only purchase from stores that are on a secure https website. Especially when you are being asked to enter credit card data on an e-commerce platform, never use an HTTP site. Every page on the website should begin with https://. It will also verify that a store has taken extra steps to secure data transferring through the website.

Preferably, avoid taking photocopies of your certificates, important documents and identity cards in public places.

7 To avoid Data leaks or thefts, always use a computer that is updated with regard to software and OS updates; at the least, ensure the computer is running an Antivirus and an Antimalware program that is up-to-date if it is based on definitions.

8 Try to keep your confidential data encrypted on your devices. Further, whenever you sell your old laptop or mobile phones, ensure you clear all the data by formatting it. If it needs expert help, please use one. For your information, there is software that could retrieve data from a formatted hard disk as well. So be sure about it.

9 Use strong passwords and enable 2-factor authentication whenever possible.

It is not always digital, but maintaining good hygiene, in general, can be a great help. Ensure you shred documents such as receipts, boarding passes bank and credit card statements, that contain personal information before discarding them.

2 replies on “Personal Data Privacy; Nine ways to protect your information!”

Thank you Vijay raj for nailing it down,The fast the pace,the faster the crimes…thts the two sides of a coin…thank you n keep updating more

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