There is a misconception floating around that, because a website is live on the internet, that it must already be secured by third party companies whose jobs are to secure the internet. While there are indeed companies that are dedicated to making the internet a safer place for our increasing interest and investment in its reaches, the reality is that cyber security is largely something that we ourselves are accountable for. While many of the tools are laid out by companies dedicated to the cause, we must make use of those online privacy tools. They cannot do their jobs if we do not make it our business to know what they are, and how to use them. In short, cybersecurity is a fantastic innovation, but it can only operate at its most effective if we are willing and able to do our part to ensure that our devices are operating at their most effective protected counterpoints.
Taking accountability for the measures of digital protection
Because there are indeed companies whose primary goal is to increase cybersecurity measures around the globe, it can be easy for us to default to the mindset that the hard work is taken care of for us. What is most important is that we realise this is not true, and that we respond by taking charge of our cybersecurity. It is irresponsible to assume that just because one has online security software imbedded into their device, that they are 100% safe as they carry out activity online or on their devices in general. Realistically, we are responsible for our presence online and we are at least partially accountable for how that presence is protected.
Being aware of and utilising personal cybersecurity measures
Our privacy when we use any of our devices or spend time online is something that is at once both important and often disregarded. While it can be difficult to know where to begin arching to protect our digital privacy, there are various ways we can do so. First and foremost, having cybersecurity software installed into our devices will provide a constant virtual wall between our data and potential threats. Other healthy online habits include making use of a registered VPN, having password encryption apps on one’s devices, using quite different passwords for each separate account, and having password protection or fingerprint ID on all devices (to name a few cybersecurity methods).
Understanding what occurs when you “delete” data from a device
Every year, millions of cameras, phones, tablets, laptops, and even hard drives are discarded. The individuals who throw them away empty them, believing that this erases all the data from the devices entirely. This could not be further from the truth. Much like the internet, once something is put onto a device, an imprint is left. Unlike the internet, however, there are ways to entirely erase these digital imprints – but it takes much more effort than simply “deleting” the files. These devices, if found by interested parties, can and do present a wealth of personal information and sensitive data. To avoid this, there are plenty of free apps or even professional companies that truly wipe all the data from a device – make use of them. It is too important not to.