As more and more people use cloud services like desktop virtualization, concerns about protecting personal information are growing. While most remote desktop services and other cloud applications have strong protections against hackers and other malicious actors, there are some steps individual users should take to protect their personal information.
- Secure your Wi-Fi network – It’s absolutely amazing how few people take the time to secure their Wi-Fi networks. Not only does an unsecured Wi-Fi network give your neighbors the opportunity to mooch bandwidth, it also leaves you open to breaches by hackers and other malicious actors. Properly secure your Wi-Fi network with a strong password and regularly update it. Also learn how to configure your router to create a safe, encrypted link between your laptop or mobile device, and your home router, to safely access the Internet from public Wi-Fi spots.
- Be wary of phishing emails – Avoid opening links from emails of dubious provenance. Even emails from familiar-looking email addresses may have links that allow hackers to access your data if you click on them. Be sure to only open links sent by trusted sources.
- Use encryption software – Do a little research into encryption software and talk with your cloud service providers about how you can incorporate encryption applications into the services they provide.
- Use common sense about what you store online – Storing credit card information or candid photos online is just a bad idea. Yes, we shouldn’t blame the victims of hacking events, but, at the same time, taking prudent steps to avoid losses of sensitive information is just the smart thing to do.
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