Six tips to protect your information

Por María Isabel Magaña
23 Jun 2017
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This week, Mexican journalists and activists have denounced the Mexican government as a promoter of espionage through malicious software.

 

The complaints have made citizens question the effectiveness of the measures they are taking to protect their own information.

 

The people from Social Tic shared their advice to protect information and, no matter how sophisticated an attack might be.

 

  1. Calculate your risks to prevent the consequences

There is no worse thing than having your research on a computer that was just stolen. Or that you go partying and you break the phone ... or worse, that it falls in the toilet and you lose all the information. So the first thing you should always do is think what risks you face to prevent the sad consequences.

Usually, we all face four risks:

-To be robbed

-To damage the equipment

-To be infected by a virus

- To be spied on

 

   2. Always do a backup, as if your life depended on it

This is the main solution to any risk: make a copy of the information that is important to you. Your photos, your documents, your contacts ... whatever is vital for your existence. There are applications that can help you do this automatically. If not, take care of making this a habit that you repeat the same day from time to time.

 

3. Install an antivirus

Both on your cell phone and on your computer (it doesn’t matter if you have a Mac). We believe that we are protected, but the truth is that we share and store too much information on these devices for as not to have them protected. We recommend AVG or AVAST if you have an Android. If you have an IPhone, Amir is a good choice. For your Mac, Avast is necessary.

 

 

4. Check where you get into and what downloads

It seems obvious, but this is a principle often ignored. If you click the link that asks for your data before giving you the inheritance of an Arab prince, you are not doing much to protect your information.

 

 

5. Lock all your devices

Protect your information by closing the door securely. At least that way you make it harder for thieves to enter. Your password must be a PassPhrase and not a PassWord. This sentence must be alphanumeric and with special characters.

Also, keep in mind that you should protect this information as if your life depended on it.

 

6. Understand what companies do to which you give your information with your data.

 

Do you know if they share, sell or insure? Can they spy on you? How have they handled personal data in the past?

María Isabel Magaña

Journalist, Master in Investigative Journalism and #DataViz. Thus, I see data everywhere. Promoting transparency through queremosdatos.co

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