4 surprising ways your sensitive information is put in danger

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The digital age is upon us. Data privacy concerns are spreading like wildfire in recent times. Technology is barrelling at an incredible pace along and the use of smartphones and other smart devices is skyrocketing as well. This unprecedented upsurge in usage means that the privacy of sensitive data is at risk, now more than ever.

In the year 2019, consumers downloaded a whopping 204 billion apps – an increase of 45% from 2016. Research has shown that 70% of Gen-Z and millennials most commonly use social networking apps like Twitter and Snapchat. With such massive numbers, the potential of your private data being exposed is a concern that may come true.

Cyber Security

The most important step in protecting your data is staying up to date and taking necessary precautions.

Here are 4 ways your sensitive data is being compromised:

  1. Malware

Malware or malicious software is used for viruses, worms, trojans, and other harmful computer programs. According to Microsoft, it is used as a catch-all term to refer to any software designed to cause damage to a single computer, server, or computer network, whether it is a virus, spyware. There is a range of methods used by malware to potentially attack your privacy such as Maladvertising, Rootkit, Spyware, Crypto-jacking, Adware, and Ransomware. These vicious types of software are programmed to penetrate the defenses of your device, take control of it, and retrieve private information for the benefit of corporations and conglomerates.

To prevent vicious malware like this from harping on your private information, a number of preventive measures ought to be taken. The most effective way of protecting your data is by installing antivirus software. An effective antivirus blocks viruses and malware protects you from identity theft, phishing, and fraud, and keeps your data encrypted to keep you from being compromised along with protecting you on the Internet.

Many tech companies build antivirus software, ready for download. Some are free while some are paid. They all differ from each other in terms of price, performance, and functions.

While choosing the kind of antivirus software you want, you might feel a little confused. In case you find yourself in need of a fix, our pick is Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android. A global leader in cyber security, Bitdefender, is a trusted source when it comes to protecting your devices from malware like trojans and adware. For about a decade, Bitdefender has provided security products consistently worldwide and is the provider of choice for millions. However, just in case Bitdefender is not your cup of coffee, there is plenty of other reliable antivirus software to go with.

  1. Downloading malicious applications

There are several million applications available on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Downloading an app from a trusted source like this may seem safe, but the number of malicious applications that go undetected is increasing rapidly. These apps are becoming ‘smarter’ every day – which means they are equipped to collect your personal data which may include your details, financial information, and more. Additionally, they are also embedded with malicious codes that track your digital footprint.

While downloading applications, closely examine the name of the app’s developer and reviews. Accept permissions that an app requests only after close inspection. If the source seems safe and the reviews seem trustworthy, you can proceed to download the app.

  1. Public Wi-fi

Public Wi-Fis are found in hordes of popular places like airports, hotels, bookstores, and malls. While the idea of cozying up in a coffee shop with your laptop to get some work done may sound appealing, the risks of connecting to a public Wi-fi are abundant. One of the most common threats is the Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack which is a form of eavesdropping. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, it is an attack where the adversary positions himself in between the user and the system so that he can intercept and alter data traveling between them. This means, your thoughts, your emails, your photos, and documents are no longer private. Additionally, unencrypted networks make your information even more vulnerable to being breached. According to research by NowSecure, 35% of all conversations sent by mobile devices are unencrypted. The best advice is to never connect to a public Wi-fi.Physical access

  1. Physical access

Smartphones have revolutionized the digital landscape in many ways; these portable devices have made our lives easier but their lightweight and travel-friendly nature have made them dangerously prone to theft. Once a malicious person gets hold of your mobile phone, he can circumvent passwords, screen locks, and even encrypted data. The most efficient antivirus cannot protect your information once a seasoned hacker gets his hands on your device.

In conclusion:

Digital devices are a technological marvel, but when it comes to protecting your sensitive information from being compromised, there are several precautions that need to be taken.

About Sarvesh Darak

Sarvesh Darak is a blogger, an online marketer, a social media specialist and an Android Lover. At Best Android Blog, he writes Android news & tutorials for Android Rooting. He is the tech head and ensures that the blog keeps running at good pace. He also looks after all the SEO and promotion work. He’s from Surat, India and keep contributing regularly at the blog.

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