How Secure Is Your Digital Data?
We have become too free and easy with the information we share digitally nowadays. When the Internet was first created, the thought of putting any personal information ‘out there’ was ridiculous, maybe it’s time to return to those days of caution. Check out ‘The Great Hack’ on Netflix and see just how far Cambridge Analytica went in using our own info from sources that include Facebook, to create profiles on voters and influence elections such as US Presidential election and UK Brexit vote.
From ‘The Great Hack’
Narrator: “If you’re watching this video, there’s a good chance your data has been hacked, leaked, or stolen. Over a billion users were affected by data breaches in 2018, and it seems like there are reports of new hacks every week. Can you even use the internet without your information eventually leaking? What’s going on with your data?” If you haven’t watched this show yet, it’s worth checking out.
If that’s not an eye-opener, we don’t know what is. Here are five ways to make an immediate difference to your digital data…
1. Have I Been Hacked?
The first thing to do is check if your data has been leaked. Have I Been Pwned is a website with a database of info that has been exposed. Type in your email address or old passwords to see if your data has been compromised.
2. Change Your Passwords
if you have been compromised, change your passwords immediately. You should change these on a regular basis anyway. You should never use the same password for multiple platforms, if one is compromised then they all are.
3. Get A Paid VPN
Using a paid VPN can hide your internet traffic and IP address from third parties. A VPN can also protect your data when you’re using public WiFi. It will encrypt your data, making it much more difficult for anyone to steal it from an open network. EssentialVPN can also supply a preconfigured router which runs multiple VPNs so that all of your devices are protected.
4. Password Manager
Password manager will securely store your passwords and can help you generate unique ones that are hard to crack with brute force hacking. Companies like LastPass and 1password are ones we would recommend.
5. Turn Off Ad Tracking
When available, turn off ad-tracking. We supply online advertisers with a lot of information, without even knowing it but look out for the services that allow you to limit what information is being shared. The EssentialVPN Invizibox 2 will allow you to block ads, and secure all of your devices by routing the over our secure VPN.
Source – Business Insider
TOP FIVE LIFE HACKS FOR THE DIGITAL NOMAD
In the digital era, the dream of less ties for your working week has become a reality. Not only can you work remotely but you can do that from almost any part of the world. The old saying, “the world is your oyster”, could not be more relevant. You’ve decided to make the change and live your dream, what are the essential digital products that let you operate fully, no matter which exotic location you find yourself?
1. EssentialVPN – Get A Plan Now!
Travelling the world and working as you go, security should be your number one digital priority. If you have used any number of free WIFI networks previously, in coffee shops, bars and any other hotspots, how many times have you seen the message ‘unsecured network’ pop up on your device? This means you may be open to a simple man-in-the-middle attack but, with your EssentialVPN, you can protect yourself from such an intrusion.
EssentialVPN delivers a secure, encrypted connection from your laptop, mobile or tablet to one of our many servers around the world, meaning that all your connections and browsing, while connected are completely secure and private. What could be more important from the professional on the move, from country to country. Digital nomads may have thrown of the restrictions that the day-to-day grind impose on us, but maintaining your security and therefor ability to operate as you travel, has to be one of your main priorities.
The added benefit of the EssentialVPN service is that wherever you find yourself in the world, you can connect to a country specific server and unblock geolocation content and keep up with your favourite TV, movies and sport through Netflix USA, BBC i-Player, UFC, Premier League and Formula 1.
2. Smart Banking
For the digital nomad, smart banking is a must. Poor exchange rates and ATM fees that can mount up over a period of time and eat into your budget. This can put a dent in your cash flow and ability to remain mobile. Multi-currency cash cards are a smart move and a good start, but we would suggest virtual banking if you really want to manage your money on the go. There are several organisations, such as Starling, Monzo and Revolut that offer a strong option for the nomad. The lack of fees for foreign transactions and ATM withdrawals are just the tip of the iceberg on why this is the perfect solution for you. It’s more convenient than normal banking and, for those of you travelling long term, can offer considerable savings.
3. Digital Data Back Up
Our advice would be to double up here, using a secure cloud storage option and a lightweight, easy to carry external hard drive will ensure that you are covered in case of any catastrophe. Better to have and not need than need and not have as they say. There are numerous cloud storage options, including Dropbox, Google Drive, I Cloud etc, which will offer easy access to all of your files across devices and keep your documents safe and sound in case of loss or damage to your machine. For those important docs, storing them on your external hard drive also gives that peace of mind.
Communication is consistently improving, and we have found, when travelling extensively, whatsapp offers one of the most accessible and reliable forms to communicate with the outside world, both through messaging and calls. When you have access to WIFI, the video call option is a great tool for connecting face to face with clients and the system is encrypted so all of your communication is secure. This is a great tool, for ease of use, we also suggest you download the desktop version.
5. Noise cancelling Headphones
Whether you want to escape the cacophony of noise at the airport as you travel or want to retreat inside your own head while in a busy café, noise cancelling headphones can be the difference between a productive and non-productive session. There are many to choose from now, both in-ear and over-ear, depending on preference. Our tip would be choosing the pair that also connects to your voice assistant and will allow you to make and receive calls while you have them on. Bose, Sony and Beats are our top picks.