Whether you like it or not, we are living in a cyber age where we regularly share information with people around us, and even strangers from across the globe. An essential part of this age is your digital identity. Losing digital identity to a hacker can be very dangerous for you and your business reputation. A hacker can use your digital identity for cyber fraud, and make you look like the perpetrator. They can damage your reputation and cause you financial damage. However, protecting digital identity is not impossible if you play it right. Here are some precautions you need to take to protect your digital integrity.
Only use encrypted e-commerce sites
Most digital identity thefts happen when we perform online purchases on e-commerce sites. The risk of identity theft increases exponentially when those sites are un-encrypted with SSL (secure socket layer) and TLS (transport layer security). Thus, always check the URL of the site and make sure the URL starts with “https.” It is a symbol that the computer network system is encrypted, and you can share your digital identity securely on the site. Never share your digital identity on those machines that do not install computer updates regularly.
The same goes for links. If you want to use a link, make sure that your sender is legit. If not, you can choose to type the URL in the browser to visit the site, rather than a link. For instance, if you receive a mail from your bank with a link to log in, it is best to type the bank’s URL and visit the page rather than clicking on the link.
Beware of key loggers
Key logger is a type of computer malware that records and transmits every keystroke. It is one of the many ways that hackers use malicious computer programs for digital identity theft. The best way to avoid such malicious software is by regularly updating your computer. Also, make sure that your antivirus is up-to-date and whether you have downloaded every important computer updates and security patches.
Installing computer updates for essential system software and having the best security elements can only help you to a certain extent. It not only keeps your computer healthy, but it cannot stop you from giving out vital information. Details, starting from your credit card details to your passwords, are your assets. Do not share that information with anyone, no matter how legit or reliable the receiver sounds.
Smart credentials for login
Passwords are the gateway to your digital identity, and many people make their digital identity vulnerable by choosing simple passwords. You would be surprised to know that a hacker can try a million sets of passwords in seconds using AI technologies. Therefore, always choose strong passwords as your credentials. Make sure the password is made with use 12 to 16 digits alphanumeric symbols. Also, mix random upper case & lower case letters to make it secure.
Choose a trusted IT team
The information technology sector is evolving rapidly, and the security practice of yesterday is not useful today. As a result, you need to keep your computer and other systems updated. Thus, it is a good idea to appoint a trusted IT team for security screening, fixing bugs and updating. An IT expert will audit the vulnerabilities in the system and fix them with the latest computer update.