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Imagine waking up one morning to discover your entire world has been ripped apart. It happens a lot more often than you think. It wasn’t easy for fraudsters to steal your details in the past, but the internet makes things easy for them.
Luckily, there is technology in place to help you avoid danger. You just need to start taking advantage of it before it’s too late. Here are a few of the best ways the average person can protect their identity when online.
1. Start Using A Good Password Manager
In the past, you would have to choose between a few passwords. It would be too hard to remember dozens of them. Telling someone to set strong passwords is fine, but how on earth are they going to do it?
Protect your online identity by setting passwords like ‘lkYUG!75gtwOUG@8!8n’ for every website you use. You’ll be able to do it if you download a good password manager, but just don’t forget the master password.
2. A Certain Number Of Login Attempts
DDoS attacks are happening all the time, so you’ve surely heard of them. Someone can perform something kind of similar on your device. They can bombard it with passwords until they find the right one.
You can stop it from happening straight away by limiting the number of logins someone can attempt. After a certain amount they won’t be able to try again. Nobody should be able to guess your password within a few attempts.
3. Don’t Ignore 2-Step Authentication
Most people will have a smartphone, so they’ll be able to use 2-step authentication. Will you waste time when you want to log into a site? Of course, but at least nobody will be able to rip your life apart.
Once you receive a text message it takes around 2 seconds to enter the code. Software like Google and SAP Authenticator are worthwhile too. You won’t need to worry about keeping your phone with you at all times.
4. Finding A Device And Wiping It Clean
Once your device has been stolen the thief won’t necessarily be able to access your data. You should have software allowing you to track it down straight away. Call the police instead of confronting anyone on your own.
You can also wipe the data clean from a remote location if you need to get rid of it fast. Hopefully you keep backups of everything in the cloud, so it shouldn’t interfere with your life to any great degree.
5. Use A Reliable VPN When It’s Necessary
Sometimes you log into unsecured servers without thinking of the consequences. For example, do you avoid using the WiFi in hotels and cafes for security reasons? With a few tools hackers can steal your data.
You need to build a wall they won’t be able to circumnavigate around. Set up a VPN on your device before using public WiFi. It will prevent anyone from gaining access to your data no matter how hard they try.
These Tools Will Definitely Keep You Safe
You don’t need to worry about anyone stealing your personal identity when you are online. If you’re using everything we’ve talked about today your data will be safe. If you mess up it can destroy your life, so take action before it’s too late.
Ryan Yarbrough is a small business consultant, speaker, and the manager at Davis Financial Services, a small business consulting firm.