Data Protection: How To Prevent Data Theft In Everyday Life

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Data protection in everyday life is becoming an increasingly important topic, with daily reports of data theft circulating in the media. In this practical tip we show you how you can protect your data in everyday life, even if you are not an IT expert.

Data protection in everyday life: Safe surfing
The major online services store a lot of information about their users. In the following points, we will show you the best ways to protect yourself against data theft in everyday life.

  • Tracking: No sooner do you search for certain products on the Internet than you get ads on every page. There are many tracking technologies, with the tool "DoNotTrackMe" you can block a lot of them.
  • Search Engine: If you don't need a specific internet browser, you can also stop tracking with an alternative search engine like "Startpage". This will display Google results, but will interfere with the transmission, so that the major search engines cannot collect data about you.
  • email: If you want to register on a website without giving your email address, you can use a disposable email address. This is only accessible for a few minutes and prevents countless newsletters from gathering in your mailbox.

Privacy: Encrypt data correctly
Millions of data are sent through the Internet every day, and hardly anyone thinks about the correct encryption of sensitive files. In the following we will show you how to protect your data from third parties.

  • Attachments: Especially contracts or application data should be sufficiently encrypted before you send them as e-mail attachments. With the "TruPax" tool, you can easily encrypt attachments in the form of directories and thus make them inaccessible to third parties.
  • Cloud: If you use free cloud services, you can additionally protect yourself with external software. "Boxcryptor" creates a virtual drive in your PC, here you can encrypt sensitive files before uploading them.
  • Data medium: If you secure important files on an external data medium, you run a great risk. If you lose the USB stick or the external hard drive, anyone can view and publish these files. Here the tool "VeraCrypt" offers the possibility to protect your data from third parties in case of loss.
  • Passwords: The more passwords you use, the safer you are on the Internet. But at some point it becomes difficult to remember all these passwords. If you use a password manager, you only need one master password and you can access all your passwords at any time.