Mendoza: Final tips to love yourself online

RAYMUND E. Liboro, Commissioner of the National Privacy Commission, a government agency that serves as the country’s privacy watchdog; an independent body mandated to administer and implement the Data Privacy Act of 2012, and to monitor and ensure compliance of the country with international standards set for data protection introduced to the delegates of the National ICT Summit the 30 tips to love yourself online. This Corner is publishing the third and last set. Here are the tips:

1. Clean up your Browser Extensions. Exercise caution over the extensions you install for your browser. These are pieces of code that can customize your user experience, but are also dangerous if left unchecked in the hands of malicious people who want to track your browsing or capture your passwords and private data.

2. Delete your Browsing Data. Cookies on your browsers help you track your usernames and passwords, but it can also be used to track your activity, interests, and preferences. Keep your data private by clearing your browsing data regularly.

3. Uninstall unwanted programs from your PC. Be wary of Potentially Unwanted Programs, usually adware, which display advertisements or fake security warnings on web pages that you visit. Aside from being secured the storage and memory of your device will be lighter.

4. Back up your files and data. The threat of ransomware has been growing through phishing e-mails and pop-up ads. Ransomware happens when the hacker lock your computer down and threatens to wipe out your data if you are not going to pay them. You can back up your files to your google drive accounts or icloud. That way, you can easily retrieve your files even if you will lose it.

5. Keep your software up-to-date. Software updates are critical for everything from brand new iPhones to ancient PCs, because these updates sometimes fix security and privacy flaws that leave you vulnerable to hackers. Updating also adds something new and updated applications for a better user experience.

6. Check and use firewalls. Firewalls are network security systems that monitor incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules. Make sure yours is up, and that they stay up.

7. Secure your wireless network .Lock down your wireless network with a strong password and encryption. Read againTip No. 1 regarding the password. You can also connect your machine to your router to check how many devices are connected to your network. If there are more than you’d expect, it’s time to change passwords.

8. Store personal and financial documents securely. Do not access personal and financial documents in the internet cafes or in public computer. Additionally, when storing your extra-sensitive files, save them in one folder, compress with a password, and delete the original folder for extra safe-keeping.

9. Be mindful of devices with company data on them. This goes without saying, but keep your boss and clients happy by respecting their data privacy as much as you do yours. Never open confidential files for work on public computers, and treat devices that contain these files with extra care.

Pass this on. Show your love to friends and family by introducing them to good personal data privacy practices to keep them safe off and online. This is how chain messages should work,at least informative. Share the link of this article to your wall or email it to as many friends you can reach and please follow them yourself.

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Director’s Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte, CESO IV, Regional Director, DepED Region 11 to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education). "Let me assure you that in the performance of my official duties and even my private acts will be guided and guarded by my Oath of Office, The Panunumpa ng Kawani ng Gobyerno, the Philippine Constitution and all the laws that govern our actions.”

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