Best Practices for a Safer Digital Life

Use unique passwords

Never re-use the same password on different websites.

Use complex passwords

No birthdays, no names. Use hard-to-guess mixes of alphanumerical characters and symbols.

Use a password manager

Password managers help you generate, save and auto-fill password.

Enable 2FA whenever possible

Two Factor Authenticaion adds a layer of security by requesting a one-time code sent by SMS or through an app.

Keep your devices updated

Always install system updates as they become available. They often include security fixes.

Use a VPN on Public Wi‑Fi

By encrypting the data you send and receive, VPNs prevent others on the same network to eavesdrop and steal sensitive information from you.

Change your breached passwords

When a website suffers an attack or databreach, change your password immediately.

Use private email aliases

A private email alias is anonymous and redirects all messages to your actual email address. It protects your privacy.

Hide your name from Wi‑Fi networks

"John's iPhone 8" reveals who you are and what device you use to Wi‑Fi networks and bluetooth devices you connect to.

Check before your click

Phishing emails can look very real and authentic. They invite you to click and login on a malicious link to steal your credentials.

Disable Ad Tracking

Some apps use a unique identifier to serve you personalised advertising. This identifier can also be used to track you across various apps.

Check app permissions

Grant permissions with care and regularly visit your device Settings to know which app accesses your contacts, location, photos, etc.

Encrypt your hard drive

Encrypting your hard drive will make it more difficult for others to access your information if your computer is stolen or loss.

Enable your computer's firewall

Your computer firewall blocks connections made to your computer from other computers on your network.

Use disposable credit cards

Check with your bank if they offer disposable credit card numbers. Each can only be used once and can't be reused if stolen online.

Use and update your anti-virus

Windows and Apple computers require an updated anti-virus software to stay away from malicious online threats.

Always lock your screen

Leaving your computer unlocked allows anyone to steal your personal data or install a malicious software.

Backup your important files

On a drive or on the cloud, make sure to keep a safe backup of all your important documents, photos and videos.

Cover your webcam

Hackers can remotely access your computer webcam. User a webcam protection or sticker to cover it when not in use.

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