Security Experts Say These Bad Browsing Habits Put Your Personal Data at Risk

Think browsing the internet is just an innocent pastime that shouldn’t require any thought or security measures?

That’s not exactly the truth.

You could make browsing errors and adopt bad browsing habits that have an impact on your personal data and your security. John Earle, Technical Security Expert, President of Protocol 86say they are the bad ones browsing habits who put your personal data aDon’t risk.

Password reuse

We all get it: having to create unique and complex passwords for every site or app you use is a monstrous task. There are so many things to remember. But there’s simply no alternative if your goal is to be as safe and secure online as possible.

“When using passwords to access sites, users should recognize that there is a risk that the password could be compromised,” Earle said. “When you use the same password for every site, you give threat actors the golden ticket to access your personal information on other sites.”

Earle’s solution? “Use password managers to create and store individual passwords for accounts,” he said.

Posting personal/sensitive information on social media

It’s easy to get carried away on social media and reveal things you don’t usually share with someone you barely know (or know well) in real life. But over-sharing of certain information can come at a cost. “Every piece of information you share, post or message can be found and misused,” Earle said. “When you use an online platform [it] is better to assume that at any time the information could become public (passwords, secrets between friends).

The simple solution: don’t post anything you don’t want everyone to know about, Earle pointed out.

Not reviewing online platforms

“When you choose to use an online platform, you are entering into a partnership and while you expect them to keep your data safe, it is your job to do your due diligence,” said said Earle. “Think critically – does the platform have the support for secure practices; you don’t need to have a full investigation, but consider whether the platform in question should be trustworthy.

Do not use multi-factor authentication

If you don’t use multi-factor authentication, anyone can access your most secure accounts without much effort. “MFA is incredibly powerful in securing your identity,” Earle said. “It should be enabled for every platform that supports it, and I would consider not using sites that don’t.”

Break these bad browsing habits as soon as possible to keep your personal data safer online.

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