5 ways to be a bit safer this Data Privacy Day
As we say every year, Data Privacy Day is more than just a 24-hour period when you try to keep safe online. It’s a day to think about changes you can make in your digital life that will keep you safer today, and tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. So here are five things you can start doing today for your own and for everyone else’s good.
Pick proper passwords and turn on 2FA: A password manager makes it easy to change your tired old passwords, to replace them with decently chosen ones, and to have a different password for every site.Password managers also protect you against fake sites – if you visit a bogus bank login page, your password manager won’t recognise it so it won’t have any password to put in at all. 2FA, short for two-factor authentication, generally refers to those one-time codes that you receive to your phone via text message, or that you generate via an app. They’re a tiny bit of extra hassle for you, but a lot of extra effort for the crooks.
Review your privacy settings: Most operating systems, apps and online accounts allow you to choose how much you want to share with them, and when, and how. Make today the day you go and review those settings.