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How to protect your online data

Protecting your digital footprint, should be an important priority because it is a synonymous of protecting yourself and your identity. Fortunately, most major places with personal information can be limited that we share only certain information with the general public.

Check out more tips for how to protect your digital footprint:

1. Find about yourself online
Have you ever tried Googling your name? Read what you can find and estimate if the findings about yourself are positive, negative or neutral. It’s important to be aware that potential employers and creditors can easily make a search like this so it might be necessary to delete or limit what people can see about you online.

2. It’s important to keep your software up to date
Viruses are an online threat to your personal life, work life, finances and online reputation. It is vital that your antivirus protection software is up to date. Make sure you have installed the most recent, effective security software in all your devices.

3. Classified your posts
Any posts you wouldn’t want your employer or anyone else to see should be set to private ( or only friends) on your social media profiles. Make sure to frequently check the settings on your different social media channels as they are subject to change.

4. Data will be there forever
Clicking delete does not completely remove data from the Internet. Anything you post and delete might be stored in databases and will likely be there forever—so think twice before posting!

5. Create strong passwords
A good password must have always capital letters, numbers and symbols that cannot be easily predicted. Don’t use your name or any significant dates.

To learn how we can help manage and protect your data in South Africa, take a look to our records management services.


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