When it comes to your content, the need for security cannot be understated. But beyond firewalls and online security programs, what can YOU do to safeguard your content?
1. Protect your wireless connection
Most people are connecting to the internet these days with a wireless connection. Connecting wirelessly is necessary for the increasingly mobile market that demands remote access capabilities, but it can also lead to major issues if a wireless connection isn’t secure.
The potential of being hacked, spied on, or even losing your content altogether gets greater the less secure the password. Beyond just picking a unique, hard-to-guess password, consider also encrypting your wireless connection with WEP or WPA type encryptions, if possible.
2. Optimize online accounts for maximum security
Most email, social media, and other online accounts have privacy settings that you can optimize to be better protected. Make sure that with every online account you set up that you set your own privacy settings and that you have a unique password.
If you don’t set your own privacy settings, then your account will likely be set to default security settings that usually work best for the website provider (sometimes giving themselves access to your content), not the website user.
Set security settings that work best for you and remember to always log out of important accounts (i.e. bank accounts, work emails, etc.) when you are done using them.
3. Make sure websites you are using are secure
The most well-known sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. are so popular and have enough users that new users don’t have to consider the safety risks of using them. However, not all sites in which content can be shared are secure. Make sure you do your research on the site to determine if a website is secure or not.
4. Get a copyright
Though most internet users use the internet to share and view shared content, that doesn’t mean they want to give over ownership of the content they share. You can’t necessarily prevent people from trying to steal your content. However, there are legal repercussions for those who attempt to steal copyrighted content.
Copyrighting your work is one of the best ways to insure that your work is protected. To copyright your work, you must file for a copyright or e-file on your country’s website (click here to be taken to the U.S. copyright website).
5. Encrypt data before sending/sharing files
If you have data, pictures, or videos that you consider sensitive (i.e. work files, pictures of your children, etc.) and you don’t feel comfortable sharing or saving that data using any online platforms, consider TappIn. TappIn enables you to keep your sensitive data on your computer and grant access to other viewers.
TappIn’s SSL encryption enables you to safely and securely access your content and file share from anywhere at any time. The SSL encryption is the same type of encryption financial institutions use to protect online transactions.
These are just the basic safeguarding tips any and all internet users can do themselves. Did we miss any?