5 simple tips for smarter browsing. Happy #dataprivacyday!

#DataPrivacyDay

Today, 28th of January, is the annual #DataPrivacyDay created by the National Cyber Security Alliance. At Powr of You, we’re continuing our journey to bring you benefits from your data. And at the heart of it all, is your Data Privacy.

So here’s a quick list 5 quick and easy ways to increase your online privacy:

Data Privacy Day

TIP #1 Create strong passwords Recently SplashData’s annual list of the most common passwords revealed that people still use “12345”, “password” and “qwerty” as their passwords. If you find yourself on that list (we hope not ;)), please consider changing it! For starters, start using a mix of lower/uppercase letters, numbers and be creative! Don’t forget to change your passwords every few months — to be extra safe.

Most people don’t know this, but several popular sites allow you to use space in your passwords so it can even be easier to remember your passwords as phrases or sentences if you’re really feeling adventurous 😉

TIP #2 Be aware of what your share Only you decide what information to share with the rest of the world. Think about the content you want to put out in public. Be aware that your posts will never disappear, and might affect other people as well.

TIP #3 Always Log-Out
The easiest way to lose control over your data is when people have access to your personal information. This could be in your social media, mail or banking accounts. That’s why it is necessary that you don’t forget to log-out. Especially if you are in a public place, be sure to clean out the cookies and browsing information after you log out.

TIP #4 Trustworthy surfing
Online-Shopping and mobile banking are just some examples of how we spend our time online. To experience a safer environment make sure you are on a private Wi-Fi Network. Also a simple look at the URL line gives you exposure if a website is secure or not — just make sure your connection begins with “https://” instead of “http://”.

TIP #5 Surf in Incognito mode
If possible, when in public places and need to log-in into an account, no matter what type, surf the web in Incognito mode (sometime known as Private mode). This prevents many cookies from being placed on the system, preventing trackers from watching you.

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