How to protect personal data on the Internet Part 2

How to protect data?

As you can see, the problem of security on the Internet is becoming more important than ever. Everywhere there is a risk to fall into the trap of cyber criminals. We will talk about the basic ways of protection of personal data must apply in practice.

Two factor authentication

Sounds confusing, but let's just say that this double protection, the first line which is the usual combination of username and password, that is stored on the server, and the second is something has access only to a particular user. We talked about five ways two factor authentication, among them SMS, passwords, application authenticators and hardware tokens.

Simple example: you enter the username and password from online banking, after the phone receives a special SMS code. This is two factor authentication.

Two factor authentication supported by Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Dropbox, Telegram and others. This is a necessary measure to protect your data, so be sure to enable two step protection for all accounts. If some service does not support it, this is a serious reason to stop using it.

For what I'll do: email, accounts in social networks and messengers accounts, account for a smartphone, the Internet Bank.

Secure connection

Back in 2008 we wrote that mail services should only be used with the protected connection. After 8 years, this Board has become only more urgent. Fortunately most social networks have learned to work with the HTTPS Protocol, he went on online banking and payment services.

Making purchases and other potentially dangerous actions, note the icon to the left of the address bar. Make sure that you work with a website over an encrypted connection.

If you work with a protected connection is impossible, you can use special services, such as It redirects the user to the HTTPS version of the site.

Another app that automatically redirects you to the HTTPS version HTTPS Everywhere. There are extensions for most popular browsers.

Password managers

"Create complex password" is suggest in each article for the protection of personal data. But it is unlikely you will come up with a password more complicated than a password generated by a special service, and even if you figure out where you are going to keep in mind, on a piece of paper?

You can also change the password often, you say. But just a few weeks ago, experts of the Center of governmental communication of great Britain explained why the frequent password changes can only damage the security of the data.

There is a special password managers that take the headache itself. They generate strong passwords, store them in a secure vault, and you don't need to remember the password for a particular site the app fills it in right field. Most popular service: 1Password, LastPass, Enpass.

For what I'll do: email, accounts in social networks and messengers accounts, account for a smartphone, the Internet Bank.

Users of iOS and more recently Android, you can manage the apps to access the various data. Do not be lazy and audits: check what information you have access installed applications and games. If any access requests are suspicious disconnect.

Working in cafes and other public places with WiFi, use a VPN service. It will redirect traffic to its own server, and you will give the already "cleaned", which can't track attackers. Remember that the password doesn't guarantee security.

We talked about the best free VPN services for the Google Chrome browser. Recently VPN has built into its browser company Opera. Don't miss out and detailed guide to the most popular VPN services, which amounted to a website That One Guy Privacy.

For what I'll do: open WiFi point.


As you can see, your personal data is at risk every day. Briefly summarize our advice for the protection of personal information in the Network:

  • Turn on two factor authentication on all sites and services.
  • Work with secure connections, or use software to encrypt the traffic.
  • Use password managers. Do not change the password too often.
  • Watch how mobile apps use personal data.
  • Use VPN, working with open WiFi points.