There are more reasons than ever to understand the importance of protecting your personal data. The hacking of major websites is becoming a more frequent problem, leaving past and present users, vulnerable to data being leaked. Taking simple steps to protect yourself can prevent exposure and loss of data. With so much information readily available online as to how best to cover your tracks, we have broken it down into 5, easy to understand tips we recommend to protecting yourself online. USE UNIQUE AND COMPLEX PASSWORDS Do you have any passwords that you’ve been using for years? Or reusing for a number of sites? If one set of information was compromised then it is much easier for it all to be hacked. Unique passwords keeps you and your data safer. BE CAUTIOUS WITH EMAILS Be cautious when opening email attachments and links to websites. Before you do, take a second and think. Can you trust this? Do you know who has sent it? Think twice, and be smart. KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UPDATED Many hackers target outdated software to exploit any bugs or vulnerabilities. Keep your software updated to ensure you have all the latest security fixes. BE CAREFUL ABOUT SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION Even small bits of personal information can be pieced together to identify, target and access your accounts. Whether you’re in public or in the workplace, keep track of who’s around you. Think about the information you’re working with and its sensitivity. BACK UP YOUR DATA If malware infects your system it doesn’t have to spread too far to damage a lot of data. Regularly backed-up data means you’re prepared for the worst.