Protecting Your Personal Data and Online Identity

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Protecting Your Personal Data and Online IdentityComputers, tablets, and smartphones are a part of everyone's life these days. Therefore, it's vital that we understand the importance of protecting our data when online. Furthermore, it's pertinent that you protect your computers and electronic devices against hackers.


Identity theft and stolen data are real. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people become a victim of identity theft. Here are some simple tips to protect your computer, home network and electronic devices against hackers.

  • Install a paid anti-spyware and anti-virus program on all your computers and electronic devices. Free anti-virus and anti-spyware programs don't offer you the same protections as a paid software package.

  • Encrypt all your important documents and information using an encryption program. Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 can encrypt your data.

  • On your home router, it's vital that you chance the user login password. All home based routers come with a default password. Routers are the first place a hacker uses to gain access to your computer and personal information.

  • Change your default SSID setting on your router. All routers use a default SSID name. Normally, the SSID name is the same name as the manufacture of your router.

  • For all your portable electronic devices, it's vital that you disable the auto-connect feature that connects your device to any open WiFi network. Unsecured public WiFi hotspots make you an easy target for hackers.

  • If you're not using your computer or router, turn them off. Hackers look for networks that sit idle. Therefore, it's necessary to turn off your router and computer at the end of the day.

  • Never use the same password on all your accounts. Each online account needs a separate password. Furthermore, don't use your name, address, birthdays, children's names or names of your pets. Always create a unique password for each of your accounts. Don't store your passwords on your computer or other electronic devices.

  • Guard your personal information against hackers. Always keep your computers and electronic devices updated with the latest security updates and patches. Protect yourself and your family against identity theft and online hackers. Furthermore, if you don't understand how to configure your computer, install software, or change the password on your router, ask a family member or pay a technician to do this for you.

    These tips will save you thousands of dollars in stolen credit card charges, bank account withdrawals, and identity theft. Please protect your home network and all your electronic devices.


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April 26, 20160 found this helpful

Some very good advice here. I am not in total agreement with you on one subject, paid versus free anti-virus software. With different companies offering different levels of free anti-virus software, and with different companies offering different levels of paid anti-virus software, a blanket answer as to which is best, could be misleading.

Some free anti-virus software is better than some paid anti-virus software. I know this from personal experience. Having paid anti-virus software installed is no guarantee you wont get a virus, and if you should, you more than likely will have to pay additional fees to have an expert remove the virus. I know this too, from personal experience.


In my case, I had to pay $50.00 up front (my account was with the biggest name in the business). They did not/could not remove the virus, and wanted more money for a higher level service. I said 'No', and ended up removing the virus, myself.

I go for years at a time without contracting a virus, and I do so with free anti-virus software.

On a different note, I am shocked at the current trend whereby many people use their real name for site memberships. This is exactly what the data miners want, and the general public seems happy to oblige. This makes identity theft and stolen data so much easier. I would never use my real name on the Internet except where a legal and binding matter was the case.

The matter of people using their real name where it is not necessary is essentially a case of monkey see, monkey do...and without regards to the consequences.


All the big names now want your mobile phone number. They will not give you the option of telling them you do not have a mobile phone. This mean spirited behavior coupled with the fact that not one has yet given a decent reason as to why you should give them your mobile number (They have tried and failed miserably), tells me all I need to know as to whether these companies should have my mobile phone number. Helping you retrieve a lost or forgotten password (for example), is not a good reason to give out your mobile phone number. This service could be provided easily and without your mobile phone number.

We now have so many devices that do our thinking and decision making for us. If Google had it's way, it would do near all our thinking for us. It wants to know more about us than we know about ourselves, and has stated thus, publicly. What kind of mindless creatures will we become in the near future if certain 'Big Boys' get their way?

May 22, 20160 found this helpful

good comment. I used to get viruses with Windows, but switched to Apple, and what a relief. No more anti-virus software needed or to be updated regularly (and I still got viruses with this protection), Apple software gives me the protection and peace of mind I need.


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