How Safe Is Your Personal Data Online?

 

Being safe online is a big concern for millions of people around the world. These people aren’t just the customers of companies or those browsing various websites, the concerns are also apparent for the companies themselves. Now and again in the media various data breaches are reported where the public’s personal details have been accessed and in some cases stolen by hackers for example. Even though there are strict measures in place to prevent events like this occurring, they still do, so how safe is your personal information?

First of all, data breaches aren’t as regular as some people would think, it’s just the fact when they make the news it’s due to the fact that big companies have been targeted by a cyber-attack, and sometimes even the government have been the victims. The attacks are usually carried out by hackers or a team of them who exploit vulnerabilities in companies’ websites and online accounts before gleaning huge amounts of personal data. So it’s vitally important that every preventative measure is taken to stop this happening in the first place.

It’s even more important for websites that see a lot of financial transactions taking place to ensure that their security is up to date in order to keep their customers’ personal and financial details secure at all times. Take online casinos for example, they see huge amounts of money deposited and withdrawn on a 24 hour a day basis. The most popular ones have millions of customers around the world and a data breach would be truly devastating to them, their customers and their reputation.

Reputable online casinos, such as Unibet, use SSL and that ensures details of any transaction are encrypted so that hackers can’t obtain any of the information. It will be evident that SSL is in use on the website. You can also check for the security certificates too just for added peace of mind. When you log on to a site, most browsers will display some sort of indication as to whether it’s safe or not. If you use Google Chrome for example, you should see a little locked green padlock next to the web address. If you visit a website you know to be reputable but the security indicator is missing, it could be a phishing site and you should exit immediately. Always keep an eye out to make sure you’re on a website that starts HTTPS too. The S stands for secure after all. The regular HTTP doesn’t offer the necessary security.

Apart from that, your personal data is as safe as you make it really. You should use unique and hard to guess log in details at all times, regularly changing your password. You should also not make the basic error of using the same password for every website too. While data breaches are rare, they do happen, so both the website operator and the user themselves need to do as much as possible to prevent it happening in the first place.

Amol Wagh

Author of Game Marketing Book: Market Your Indie Game Like A Pro! 7 years of Tech Blogging & Digital Marketing. Co-founder at Dotline Inc & a Gamer. Follow me on Twitter @amolwagh, @amol.wagh