There’s nothing wrong with sharing photos of your children online with friends and family. However, if parents don’t manage privacy settings, the photos and videos can be viewed by anybody, including online predators, identity thieves and the rest of the world.
Things to consider before sharing photos or info about children
Ransomware is a type of malware that stops you from using your computer, and holds your data hostage. Typically, it will do this by encrypting your personal files or locking your computer screen. It may then require you to pay a ransom via a credit card payment, money transfer or cryptocurrency in order to unlock and use your computer. But even if you pay the ransom, there’s no guarantee it won’t happen again.
Cloud storage is a term that refers to online space that you can use to store your data. Cloud computing services are online services which store your data in a safe and secure location online, allowing you to access your files from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.
Imagine losing your computer in a fire. Think of all the documents, files, photos and videos that you wouldn’t be able to recover. That’s why backing up your data is so important. Backing up your files gives you some protection against accidental loss of data, file corruption, hardware failures, virus attacks and even natural disasters.
Portable storage devices such as USB pen drives or hard drives can easily be moved and can store a large capacity of data. As organizations move toward digitizing their data, they become prone to data breaches and loss of confidential information.
How can you secure your data in storage devices?
Phones and tablets contain a large amount of personal information. Lost or stolen devices can be used to gather information about you and potentially others. Protect your phone like you would your computer. If your phone can browse the web and check email, you have probably already been targeted by the same malicious attacks and scams that go after your computer.
What are the risks?