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Ten steps to ensure personal data security on the Internet

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPersonal data security on the Internet begins with every individual’s personal responsibility. Personal data should be kept as safe as a wallet nowadays, says CERT.LV experts, offering ten pieces of advice how to protect personal data in the digital space.

Choose a complicated password

A password should consist of symbols that cannot be easily guessed. Avoid using words from a dictionary, popular and well-known words and names (countries, cities, etc.), names of children and pets, phone number and birthday dates. A safe password should consist of a least eight symbols – capital and lower case letters, numbers and letters. It is highly important to change the password every three months.

Use different passwords for social networks, e-mails and internet banking services.

Create a separate password for every website you use. This will increase overall security of your data – if one password ends up in the hands of others, other accounts will be that much harder to hack.

Do not reveal you passwords and PIN codes to third parties

You passwords and PIN codes are only for you to know. This will allow you to avoid situations when fraudsters decide to use your personal data to carry out financial transactions and charge you for them.

Do not write down passwords and PIN codes on paper and do not carry them in your wallet

Although you may find it difficult to remember multiple passwords, do not write them on paper and do not keep them in your wallet. Do not keep PIN codes of your bank cards with your payment cards. Do not reveal your card’s number, CVV2 code and its expiry term. This applies to everything related to you bank card. Do not send passwords and PIN codes in e-mails, text messages and do not sore them on your phone.

Never reveal your personal data to other persons

Before revealing your name, surname, age and other personal data to anyone, think if it is really all that necessary. Do not tell others about your financial state, habits and everyday habits. Always be certain about the people or legal persons you provide your personal data to. Be especially cautious if you are required to provide information by phone, post or internet.

Protect your computer with a password

In order to make sure others cannot access personal information stored on your computer or phone, use a password. Create it using secure password principles.

Think about your computer’s security – update security software

Make sure security software on your computer is up to date. Frequent updates help maintain optimal security.

Do not open e-mails from suspicious addresses

If you receive an e-mail from a sender you do not recognize, think carefully before opening it – it may be safer to delete it entirely. Never open any attachments of such e-mails – they often if not always contain malicious software.

Verify before you trust

One who takes care of himself and acts to protect will be protected. Do not trust people who offer you jobs through social network profiles, phone conversations and e-mails. Do NOT trust people who claim to be bank representatives and ask for your passwords. The bank will NEVER phone or write to you with a request to provide your password or secure codes.

Educate yourself and other about different security measures

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