Data security and privacy are all relatives in today’s digital world. It can also be said that complete data security is an impractical concept for ordinary people. Even people who have seen both sides of technology and computing have some ways to ensure as much security as possible in the face of data breaches. Read on to know more (Data Privacy).
We keep all important information and private images on smartphones, laptops, and home computers. It is also certain that all devices will have a net connection. Even a small mistake can cause our data to be available online. I don’t think it is necessary to explain the dangers of data leakage etc.
Have you ever said that complete data security is not practical in this age where everyone is connected? There are many security protocols that can be built into devices. But common people do not know much about this. Below are some basic steps that can be taken to ensure data security at least to some extent.
To secure the data on the phone
First, let’s see what you can do on your phone to protect your data. One of the first things you should do when buying a mobile phone is to save your IMEI number somewhere. This 15-digit number comes in handy when your phone is lost or stolen.
The IMEI number can be used to report a lost phone to the police. Always use the auto-lock feature on the device. The device is automatically locked so no one else can gain immediate access. Our users can enable keypad lock using a passcode/security pattern.
Lock SIM card with a PIN number. Thus, even if the device is stolen, it can be ensured that the SIM card will not be misused. Always use passwords to protect the information on the memory card. Don’t just leave mobile phones anywhere. You need to know when, where and in what condition devices are sitting.
Similarly, the device’s camera, audio, and video players should be turned off when not in use. If these things are working without your knowledge then you should suspect that the device is hacked. Other connections on the device (Bluetooth, Infrared, Wi-Fi) should also be turned off when not in use. Also, make sure to back up your data regularly.
Finding your lost phone is very easy with the Find My Device feature and related features available in most phones these days. This facility comes with features like data wiping, a phone locator, device locking, remote access, and ringing.
Accept all cookies or not?
Cookies are small blocks of data that the websites we visit send or deposit to the device’s browser. Cookies are used to help us understand the website the next time we visit it and provide features tailored to our needs.
You understand that cookies are blocks of data that websites use to track our web surfing. So don’t accept cookies from all kinds of websites. With the help of cookies, all important information on your website goes to that website. This data can also be misused.
Suppose Kerry searches anywhere on Google for a table. And when you go back to Google, it’s full of ads for tables and furniture and websites like that. This is the case with all websites, not just Google. The only way to avoid this is to not accept cookies. Only accept cookies from trusted websites if this is absolutely not possible.
To block spam messages and calls
There are two ways to block spam calls and messages. Go to the messaging app on your phone, tap start and send an SMS to 1909. Or call 1909 from the phone. Follow the prompts and activate the “Do Not Disturb” DND service.
By doing this, the number of spam calls and SMS coming to your device will be greatly reduced. Spam calls and SMS can also be blocked with the help of apps like Truecaller. This method is also claimed to be completely malware-free.
Access is not granted unless permission is granted
Many apps require access to photos and messages on the device. If not provided, we will not have full access to the app. The decision to grant access or not in such circumstances is ours alone. The more access you provide, the more at risk personal data becomes. Not much to complain about.