Usually we receive lots of emails from our clients, readers & friends who have had their online accounts hacked and private information leaked. It feels like a huge violation of their rights and can make people feel helpless.
We planed to write an article for awareness after the recent Apple iCloud Hacking incident which exposed the private photos of more then 100’s of celebrities.
Neither We nor anyone else can guarantee about anyone an absolutely safe, privacy-protected experience online with absolutely no risk of hacking. But what We have noticed is lots of high profile people are using very less security measures.
- Be careful what is on your cellphone. Never store any private content in cellphone or any Cloud as a celebrities are the bigger targets for hackers.
- Who has your log-in credentials? Assistants or managers? The less people who have it, the more secure you are. if there is a change to your management team, you need to change passwords immediately.
- Most big websites like Facebook, Apple, Google, Yahoo, etc. offer two-step verification. It requires an additional step to verify any new device from immediately logging into your account. The additional layer of security is well worth the effort it takes.
- Change your passwords timely & keep it difficult which can’t be easily guessed. Password should be Case Sensitive and should contain numbers & signs. Using strong passwords lowers overall risk of a security breach, but strong passwords do not replace the need for other effective security controls.
- Use multiple email addresses: 1. Professional 2. Personal (close family and friends) 3. Financial 4. If you have a child in school, create one email address for all the messages that schools and their extracurricular activities generate.
- Check your privacy settings on social media. Most of the big sites have whole sections on privacy, and you need to set parameters. And they sometimes reset without notice, so check them regularly. This will limit the people who have access to your postings.
- Make sure your Wi-Fi is secured with strong password & encryption. Use hidden Wi-Fi or an anonymous name.
As we started out by saying, no one can guarantee your privacy & security online, but you need to think about these issues even if they pain you. You need to take action to protect your privacy before anything happens.