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Safer Internet Day: Here are Some Tips to Secure Your Digital Life

This Safe Internet Day, make sure you are protecting your digital life.


Updated:February 5, 2019, 4:09 PM IST
Safer Internet Day: Here are Some Tips to Secure Your Digital Life
This Safe Internet Day, make sure you are protecting your digital life.

On the occasion of ‘Safer Internet Day’ Google is pushing users to take measures in keeping their online lives safer. In fact, it has even introduced the hashtag #SecurityCheckKiya. While there are a plethora of security measures when it comes to online platforms, here are some simple tips that you can take to strengthen your digital security.

Avoid Apps From Unknown Sources

Most of us have an Android smartphone today, which is also said to be more susceptible to malware and malicious apps when compared to iOS devices. If you do own an Android phone, make sure you download apps from the Google Play Store and ignore pop-up messages from web pages that say things like ‘Your phone is slow, install this app to make it better.’ According to Google, the Play Protect security feature available in most modern Android devices, scans over 50 billion apps every single day, identifying potentially harmful apps and keeping them off your device or removing them.

Beef-up Device Security

Simple things like keeping a security lock with a unique password, and enabling Find My Phone feature can really help in keeping your device safe and secure. Of course, to use the Find My Phone feature, you need to sign into your Google account and enable it. Once enabled, you can visit android.com/find to locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices remotely.

Secure Your Account

Most of us rely on Google services, be it Gmail, Maps, YouTube, and so on. This means that your single Google account is linked to a number of services, most of which are gathering data about you. Google offers a security checkup of your Google Account where it gives you personalised and actionable security recommendations that help you strengthen the security of your Google Account. It also includes tips to keep you safer across the web.

Data Security

Whenever you use a website or an app, you commit to sharing data with them. It is really important for you to understand the information that you share with these apps or sites. Using your phone you can check what all is accessed by an app or a website including Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Location, Microphone, etc. Just head to app permissions on your phone, and choose the right settings for you.

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