Cybersecurity is us: protect (well) your data

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Cybersecurity is essential for users’ personal data to be free from danger. Take charge of your data.

Practice cybersecurity and protect your data, is advice that serves both companies and individuals who create, store and share data online.

But while companies tend to do it more and more frequently and consistently, the average user is still far from achieving a security practice that is considered ideal.

CYBERSECURITY: PROTECT YOUR DATA BY KNOWING WHAT IT IS.

All the information that exists on the internet about our real life, such as identifying data such as name, address, email or telephone, or more specific data such as race, religion, political beliefs and health status, create personal data.

It is from this data that the companies that collect them build a virtual profile for each user, and it is this profile that is traded online. Most of this data is requested from us when we use online services, such as when making purchases or registering with apps and social networks.

These personal data should be private, that is, shared only between the user and the company or service that is requesting them, and be used only to perform the function for which they are requested. Unfortunately, we know that this is not so.

All the information that we intentionally share about our life on social media also enters the personal data portfolio of each of us.

Voluntary and involuntary data

Whenever we post messages about the restaurant where we went to dinner, about the movie we went to see or when we post family photos during our holidays, we are adding personal data that can be collected to complete our profile.

To complete the data portfolio, there are still those that we do not intentionally provide, but that we “involuntarily give” when, for example, we consult the weather or GPS providing our geolocation.

All this data has been transformed into the so-called “petroleum” of the 21st century. Companies that manage content, products and services online have found highly profitable business models to collect, manage and trade this information. Targeted advertising and marketing or market research are just some of them.

Why we must protect our data

Our personal data is the basic ingredient for the multi-million-dollar deals that are made between large financial groups, and yet we offer it for free, in exchange for access to a service or a social network.

What for many seems to be an unavoidable situation in the digital world, since we are forced to provide it otherwise we cannot enter this world, for others it is the realization that we had very little “care” with our personal data, which made to throw away a precious economic resource.

If I don’t “like” my personal data, who will? Apparently everyone! From governments to companies, from professional criminals to amateur pirates.

criminal uses

In the face of so many interested parties, our personal data ended up being used in many things that we would not want to see them involved with in real life.

From committing crimes to manipulating elections, from giving visibility to fake news to putting our computer or smartphone to work for hacker networks from afar.

They can also, if placed at the service of large companies or governments with “special” interests, provide these entities with enormous power of control over specific groups of the population or over public opinion.

These reasons seem to us more than enough for each of us to pay more and more attention to cybersecurity issues and protect your data in all your online activities.

CYBERSECURITY: PROTECT YOUR DATA WITH THE PREVENTION

Sharing a lot of personal information on different platforms such as social media can be harmful

Although the European Union has made a great effort to make citizens aware of the need to protect and combat illegal access to personal data, creating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the scenario remains unpopular.

It is difficult to ensure that people control their personal information within the European Union when life on the internet is global and when many of the companies that trade this data are ramified by diverse geographies and legislation and remain very reluctant to give up their “oil” .

On the other hand, we also have pirates who quickly find new and creative solutions to invade protection mechanisms, not allowing the technical teams that created them to develop resources in a timely manner to correct the exposed flaws.

This means that cybersecurity continues to be a prevention and the best practice that we can have in our daily lives on the internet. Here we leave you some advice.

Don’t share too much on social media

We know it’s very easy to share too much information and share wrong information on social media. Don’t feel at home talking to friends about your life, showing your family and exposing all your routines and habits.

It’s just that he’s not at home talking to friends, but on a public stage where many strangers can peek.

Don’t be tempted to show that you also do or that you also have it because others show it. Think before posting about who you can see beyond your friends, who can keep your information and how that information could compromise you in the future if it falls into the wrong hands.

Always update privacy and security settings

It is valid for any application, any social network, any software or operating system. Update and configure. Update and configure, always. It’s hard work, it’s boring, but it’s worth it.

Updates bring new ways to fight viruses or other piracy. You might think they are too frequent, but that’s a good sign.

It means that just as hackers are always working on new ways to break security, technicians are always fighting back with new security updates. Join the dance and pair up with cybersecurity.

Messing with the privacy and cookie settings is another headache, but it’s also worth it. Thanks to the regulations and laws that have been created, companies are increasingly obliged to create these configurations.

They do it reluctantly and it is noticeable in the way they make the configuration work difficult, but don’t give up. Configure as much as you can and, if you think the company is not behaving well, complain and denounce everywhere, especially in data protection services.

Always use antivirus and be careful what you click or touch

Protect all your devices, from desktop PCs to laptops and smartphones.

It is quite likely that piracy attacks will get worse as we are increasingly connected by the internet, so this is an essential action for your security.

A good antivirus, always updated, is a precious help against security breaches that can take your passwords and personal data.

Don’t click on any links or emails you receive because this is an excellent gateway to your personal world and a real threat to cybersecurity.

And if you’re one of those users who wants to try out everything new, proceed with extra caution because it’s those who try out products and services who also end up experiencing first-hand the security problems with these new features.

Long and complicated passwords

This is perhaps the oldest advice to give, but still the most effective. Long and complicated sentences can form real walls of security for your personal data.

Remember that technology advances in such a way that it exceeds our ability to anticipate what could go wrong or have serious consequences.

Always protect yourself and if something goes wrong with your password, don’t just think about changing it and resetting your device. Do this, but also make a public online report of the fraud that happened to you.

Create a page about cybersecurity breaches, talk about it on social media and report it to the National Data Protection Commission. Know your rights and demand that they be fulfilled. This is also how you are working towards cybersecurity and the protection of your data.

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