Here we could compile a list of 10,000 things you can do to improve your online security and within 6 months at least 20% would be redundant. Here are some factors, tips and facts that will help you protect yourself and your personal data in the immediate future.
How much do big companies have to lose?
Chrome is the most secure browser because Google have more to lose if their browser is hacked, so they invest more money in protecting it. Furthermore, the PC based IE is more popular than Google Chrome, which means most hackers will concentrate on IE over Chrome, which makes Chrome the most secure at the moment on mobile device.
On PCs, the most secure browser is IE because Microsoft have more to lose if their browser is hacked. Firefox is easier to plant malware onto because there are so many extensions, so be careful when downloading and installing extensions. Safari is the least secure browser, but if you only access legitimate websites from named companies, then you will be fine. Go on gambling sites or porn sites with Safari and you risk your security.
Stop using Facebook as much!
As a short side note, Facebook is loaded with more viruses than any other social media network. It is targeted by online malcontents because it is so popular. Reducing your use of Facebook on your mobile device will drastically decrease your risk of security breaches. At the very least, try to use a little common sense around what you click on or engage with.
Brand-name Cloud services are the best
These are the services that have engineers working night and day to keep them protected. Bigger branded companies can afford to spend millions on protecting and optimizing their Cloud services.
Smaller companies are not as big of a target for hackers, which is good news for you, but larger companies can protect against most hackers. Services such as Google Drive, DropBox, One Drive, ICloud, Amazon Cloud and SpiderOak are the most secure at the moment. Keep an eye on BOX too, as they are gaining in popularity and may soon start investing more money in security as a result.
Protecting your information from identity thieves
You are doing a piss-poor job of protecting your identity. You can find out more about a person with Google alone than you can by following them for two weeks. You do not even need hacking skills to find people’s personal details. Take a look at this list and answer yes if you did any of these last year.
+ Describe your day or week on social media?
+ Sign up for a selling site?
+ Try to use a proxy server?
+ Enter any personal details onto social media?
+ Use the same password for more than one website/account?
+ Click the “save password” function on any device?
+ Go more than a week without purging your temp files and form information?
+ Go more than a week without purging your Internet history and cookies
+ Try a free trial on any software?
+ Manually wrote your password on an electronic device without encryption
+ Fail to run scans for viruses?
+ Use or download free virus/malware checking software?
+ Fail to change your passwords every 72 days?
Answer yes to any of these questions and you have failed to protect your identity online. The truth is there are hundreds of other things like this you may have done in order to leave yourself wide open to identity theft.
Social media is probably the worst because people are so silly with it. They announce their holiday plans without realizing their local thieves will read it. They give every answer to all of their secret questions on their social media profiles, such as mother’s maiden name, favorite book, first street they lived on, etc.
Even if you set your privacy function to full, an identity thief can still go right now, pay $40 for a social media analytics program, search for keywords related to your profile and see what is on your social media page. There are some black-market programs that can even read your private messages too.
Choosing a password
Pick a random amount of characters and numbers in a string. Pick more than eight and write them down on a piece of paper. Keep the paper somewhere safe where nobody can find it. Robbers do not tend to break into a house and search for scraps of paper though they may look in files and planners if you leave them lying around.
If someone steals your password that you wrote down, then it is an inside job and you should suspect the people you know. Never write your password on something electronic because even if you delete it a hacker can find it (sometimes).