Personal Security

Something as simple as keeping your operating system and software updated can help a possible invasion of privacy. The majority of the time when a piece of software updates it’s to protect the user from security issues.

Periodically changing passwords to websites withholding personal information such as online banks and emails can help prevent intervention. If you have troubles coming up with a strong password try to use one of many password-management applications out for android and iOS. A popular password generator is LastPass, by using this app and keeping a spreadsheet to keep track of everything you should have no problems at all.

 

Safe Online Gaming

The online gaming scene is growing more and more every day. With this in mind many of the companies hosting these games are being broken into by hackers.

To stay safe when playing games online you should keep your computer on “Game Mode” in your personal security software. Having this setting activated should never interrupt you while in the middle of a game or slow you down in any way.

When gaming online you are bound to have human interaction. Choosing your online friends wisely can keep you from ever spilling personal information to the wrong person. There are many predators online which search for opportunities to steal accounts or even worse.

 

Protection Against P2P

Try not to use P2P sites to download illegally. There are possibilities of information being uploaded or viruses being downloaded. If you, for some reason, have to use a P2P site for a personal reason, you should use a virtual private network to torrent and stay safe. Also only use trusted websites, try researching a little and check out reviews on them before making your decision. Most of the time you will have comments to look through and you can judge from there.

 

E-mail Scams

I have seen many be taken advantage of by others online. You shouldn’t feel bad if you have been tricked before; just make sure you learn from your mistakes. Here are a few things to look out for.

  • Never trust unsolicited emails
  • Keep anti-viruses up to date
  • Turn on spam filters
  • Be cautious of all attachments
  • Turn on your  firewall
  • Never click links of untrusted emails

 

It isn’t very hard to stay safe when it comes to personal emails. You must trust who you give it to or where you insert it online. By following these simple steps you should be as safe as anyone can be.

 

Personal Location

Many applications in today’s market will ask or even require you to give a GPA location. Many social media sites today will automatically do this if the feature is available on your phone. When posting pictures the location will be attached to them and posted with a Google map link. You might think you are just letting your friends know where you are at, but you are also letting others know. Try to stay far away from these types of features and keep yourself safe.

 

Wireless Services

When not using the Bluetooth feature specifically, it should remain turned off. While this is on anyone can easily take a peek at your contents. Many computer users, and especially cell phone carriers, keep this on and don’t even know when are being violated.

Be careful of open Wi-Fi at a public café, etc. When visiting sites other than HTTPS hosted sites, they might be unencrypted HTTP connections. Without being aware, anyone in the room can have the chance to see everything you do during that session.

By putting these few simple precautions in place, you’ll be able to give your devices and online activity a lot of protection.