uring the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, we have been doing self-quarantine for several weeks. So that the distribution is not widespread, suggestions for physical distancing continue to be voiced, making us spend more time #StayAtHome.
With the current situation, a lot of people who in the end create a new account on the internet, read the news more often, watch more videos and access social media at any time. Such things are done to entertain yourself and stay connected, but not many are aware of the risk of personal data security will be their online activities.
Easy Tips to Keep your Privacy Data
As internet users, we must always be aware of data privacy in all activities carried out on the internet. Mozilla as a pioneer and advocate for the web, provides easy tips to protect your data privacy.
1. Choose a Password that is Unique and Strong
Your password is “qwertyuiop”, or any other easy code? Now, change it now. Weak passwords are easy to guess and easily broken by attacks from internet networks. Use a more complex password, and don’t compare one account password with another account.
Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Use words not commonly familiar for you, as well as take advantage of the authentication of the two stages (2FA) if possible. You can also use the password manager trusted to make the password unique for every account.
2. Stop If There Is Something Suspicious
Phishing or fraud via e-mail is now more sophisticated, mimicking official e-mail that has been distinguished. There is also something done over the telephone or unclear links. The modes can be like suspicious activity, bills to be paid, test results and others.
When getting the e-mail or information, don’t make a sudden decision. Stop, and observe the email or link obtained, make sure whether it is really genuine or not. Suspicious emails usually display grammatical or spelling errors, as well as unusual senders.
3. Re-check News About Covid-19
With the need for news, especially the current pandemic, more misinformation and hoax news are found circulating on the internet. The International Federation of Library Associations provides interesting infographics to help readers critique the news.
In addition to the suggestions above, learn a basic understanding of the disease from a trusted source. Avoid sharing prevention or treatment methods without proof of recovery from official sources.
4. Regularly Update Software and Applications
The period of activity at home is a suitable time to update software or applications on all the gadgets that you use. Not only in order to get new features, software updates also increase security and software vulnerabilities.
Both software such as computer operating systems, smartphones and applications are limited to a browser, all of which are recommended to be updated. You can make this update installed automatically, so you don’t need to do the update process manually.
These are simple privacy data privacy tips from Mozilla that are quite important to do, in order to maintain the privacy of our data while accessing the digital world. Besides physical health, don’t forget to protect data security on the internet.
This content was previously published in Gizmologi.ID.