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How to Protect Your Online Data Year Round

 

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  As such it gives me an opportunity to rec

In the last couple of years, my data was stolen from Equifax and Facebook, and my mobile phone number was found on the dark web.  In addition, Apple often informs me to change my password because it was connected to 

I've come to realize that online data security is a contradiction.  I've pretty much given up on the fact that I can't remain online and not expose myself to being tracked and eventually having my information stolen.

But I also know that there are actions I can take to bolster my ability to secure my data.  I don't have any control over another drivers action on the road.  But I do my best to obey the laws of the road and learn about the safe navigation of a motor vehicle.

In this recent post I talked about password management apps you can use to keep track of your password.  Keeping track of your password allows you to create more complicated passwords.  With the app you don't need to remember your password.

The same way, I do what I can to protect myself from scammers on the internet.  Here are a few precautions I've taken as well as what others recommend.

1.  Inform the appropriate authorities when your data is breached.

The first thing I did when I found out what happened with Equifax is to put a note on my credit report so potential creditors know about the breach.

I also completed a [form name] with the Internal Revenue Service.  The IRS in turn issue me with a yearly PIN.  I can't access my tax info or file taxes without using this PIN.  I know because I lost my last PIN and I can't file my taxes electronically.

2. Purchase credit monitoring service

 

3. Use a secure Browser 

DuckDuckGo 

VPN