On a daily basis there are new and scary news reports about huge breaches of data security that happen with large and very well-run companies. Target, Adobe, LinkedIn – those are big examples you no doubt heard of. Of course, this doesn’t include the countless smaller stories you never hear about unless you’re like me and read tech blogs a lot. Add to that the frequent occurrence of run-of-the-mill website hacks – and the impression is inescapable that your information is either vulnerable to theft, hacking – or just being monitored or sold without your consent.
So how do you keep this onslaught in perspective? Develop a personal online security game plan. A few simple updates to your habits, methods and tools can greatly reduce your risk and minimize damage should a compromise occur. One thing is for sure: you have to be willing to do a bit of work and up your game. Here’s a few tips and ideas to consider: