Anna benadikova
Anna benadikova

5 Digital Security Mistakes We’re Making

25. 8. 2022

We have the freedom to use digital technologies. We move in the online space without restrictions, share our opinions, geographical location, photos, privacy. The smartphone has replaced our watch, calendar, payment cards. It allows us to be connected with anyone and always have up-to-date information at hand. We have an overview. But are we also prepared for the risks and consequences of this digital age? What mistakes are we making? And what are we not paying attention to?

Let’s take a look at the 5 most common safety mistakes that we all make regardless of whether we are male or female.

1. Little Digital literacy is the biggest problem

How well do you know the pitfalls that await you in the world of technology? Do you think about where you click? What lines do you open?

The loss of data, personal information or photos or the theft of access to Internet banking can affect all of us. And you really don’t have to be a celebrity to be an interesting target for an attack.

2. Using one password for multiple services / using a weak password

E-mail accounts, access to social networks, electronic banking, access to the child’s electronic student record. You need to set a password everywhere. At the same time, it is not difficult to create one that will be both strong and safe. So that you don’t have to remember them all, all you need is a good password manager.

3. Language barrier

How well do you understand the emails and messages you receive before you even click on an attachment or link in its content? Do not trust scam messages or emails that look untrustworthy or promise very positive news (“you’re just one click away from winning” and other online scams).

4. Unsecured internet connection

On holidays, at the airport, in lounges, in hotels, in cafes, in restaurants, we automatically log in to free wifi. A public Internet connection is convenient, but an unsecured connection carries its own risks. Therefore, only connect to hotspots that are password protected.

5. Unattended device

Mobile device, laptop or computer unlocked and unattended? Huge mistake! Why? It is in this situation that you expose yourself to the risk of private data being leaked or stolen. Copying data from a disk, stealing sensitive information, photos or videos can cause serious problems and make life unpleasant. All you have to do is press a few keys or set an automatic screen lock.

According to IT literacy lecturer Lukáš Barda, gender is not decisive when it comes to vigilance in the online space. We all make the same mistakes in digital security. I recommend you to visit one of Lukáš’s courses so that digital technologies don’t go over your head. You will experience a few AHA moments and are guaranteed to be inspired by his tips, which you will subsequently apply.

How are you doing with technology and security in the online space? And if you are a parent, do you communicate with your children all the pitfalls that can befall them in the world of technology?

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