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The 5 most typical errors that violate private information safety

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11, 2021

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This article has been translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur due to this process.

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Efforts have been made in Mexico to ensure the right to protection of personal data, in particular to ensure greater security through the use of digital media. Even so, in a country that currently has 80.6 million Mexicans internet users, mistakes that violate the security of personal information are still being made.

Diego Barrientos, instructor at Udemy, a global training platform for online learning and teaching, shares the five most common mistakes people make and puts the security of personal data at risk no matter what device they connect through.

Connect to open or public WiFi networks. As much as possible, avoid connecting to networks that are not your own, or do not enter pages that require you to provide personal information. You can use the "incognito mode" function of the web browser. This gives you more security as the browser does not remember your passwords, cookies or your search history. Do not close the sessions at the end of using various social networks. Avoid leaving meetings open and minimize the risk of personal information being compromised. Don't always configure social networks with the options that offer the highest level of privacy. Place repeated passwords for different services (email, social networks, e-banking, etc.). Set strong and different passwords for each service, preferably with more than ten characters and symbols that do not contain words from the dictionary. Connect to insecure websites that start with Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Try to only connect to websites that start with HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure). Download and run unknown email attachments. If you receive an email from someone or company that you haven't given or opened your email address, send it direct to Spam and have that account banned.

If users want to connect through mobile devices, they should consider that they have more sensors and connectivity methods than a desktop or laptop. Therefore, you should consider the following recommendations in order to increase the security of your personal data.

Disable geolocation (GPS) on your cell phone. Do not install any applications that require unnecessary permissions (such as camera and microphone access for a calculator or a flashlight app). When shopping online, try connecting through the ISP's data network. Whether you do it with a credit card or a bank transfer, avoid using a WiFi network. Encrypt the contents of cell phone memory cards to protect personal data in the event of theft or loss. To do this, go to Settings, select Security, click Encrypt Phone, set a strong password and wait for the process to complete as this can take up to an hour.

To protect your privacy, search the internet for your first and last name to find out how much the network knows about you and ask to remove the information posted on websites or social networks that you do not know being displayed about you acknowledge or have no consent. To do this, search the "perpetrator" pages or social networks for the "Report Abuse" option and ask them to remove your information (you will be asked to verify your identity).

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