It has never been more apparent these days just how unsafe digital information is, with several hacking scandals shaking the world and showing the importance of staying vigilant when it comes to protecting data.
Separate Credit Cards
In one of the biggest data breaches in the past several years, over 110 million Target customers ended up being victims to their cards’ information being stolen. This left millions scrambling to change their cards and update all the information required on automated payments done online.
This has taught people to keep two separate credit cards, one for purchases and one for automated payments. While this will not protect you against similar hacks, it will make sure that while one purchase card is being replaced, there is no need to rush and change the data on the automated payments, since they are on a separate card.
The Ashley Madison data leak much more recently, showed just how vulnerable web sites are to these kinds of intrusions, even when they tout complete security and confidentiality. It is very easy to learn from the example set by many investment bankers, who used their work e-mails to register on adult sites becoming the butt of many jokes.
If you need to register at a site that might cause you potential issues in the future, create a separate, free e-mail account. Use that e-mail to register at any sites that might be questionable for any reason, and use a completely separate one for serious sites.
Financial information might be sought after, but it is far from being the only thing useful to hackers. The big Sony hack from last year uncovered a myriad of mails with sensitive information from executives and movie personnel which caused quite a stir, and made more than a few people look bad.
To avoid being in a similar situation, always be very careful what you put in your e-mails. If you need to convey some sensitive information, be it of financial of any other nature, do not do it through an e-mail. Your side might be secure, but you can never be 100% sure about the recipient.