The era of the internet gave us the superpower of omnipresence. It narrowed the gaps between people, businesses and places, allowing people to be anywhere and with anyone with just a click.
As you have learnt throughout this content unit, online privacy and security of personal information is a shared responsibility between all parties: government, software developers, cloud services providers, companies and end users.
With the implementation of the GDPR the end users gain confidence in their data protection as this regulation aims to safeguard people’s privacy in the internet. However, there are a lot of behaviors that the end users need to adopt to play their part. Those behaviors are common to all activities in the internet – from social media to the cloud – and, are commonly referred to “the golden rules of the internet”.
The first rule relies to passwords: have unique and strong passwords with two-factor authentication while logging-in and changing them every three months.
The second rule is related to private information: don’t save or share sensible information over the internet, especially when online shopping; moreover, if you have private information stored in a cloud service, be sure that you don’t aggregate all of your information in only one cloud!
The third rule is practicing smart browsing: don’t save your login credentials in any browser, website or application, and logout every time you quit a website. Equally, don’t click in any dubious link or enter your information in unsecured websites.
Overall, you must acknowledge that it is your data that could eventually be compromised by cyberattacks and, consequently, you must assure that you comply with your part in the privacy and security of data in the internet.