We are more and more confronted with the news in the newspapers and websites that personal data is sold to third parties which means violation of privacy. That increased the importance of the concepts like data security, privacy, loss. That’s why we hear about these concepts more often nowadays. In our previous article, we have explained the concepts of personal data and data breach. This time, we will explain the things you can do to protect your data privacy and avoid data loss.

First of all, you should be careful about the personal data you share on social media channels, remember that these data are sensitive and important and that it will be dangerous for you to get into the hands of others. Experts constantly warn about social media accounts. These warnings aren’t exist just because your account contains personal information such as your first name, last name, date of birth, or your hometown. For example, you report your location when you go to a nice place for dinner or sightseeing, and this information becomes accessible to many malicious people who learn that you are not at home at the moment and they may take advantage of this information to take action to harm you if you haven't set your profile's privacy settings at this time. Thus, not only your personal data in your social media accounts, but also your home, your belongings and your files stored in your home are endangered. In addition, many people share photos in their social media accounts. In fact, in these shared photographs, they tag the other people with them and give third parties extra information about who they spend their social lives with. However, for most of us, photos are the most valuable data we have aren’t they? 

For these reasons, be careful not to publish your personal data to your social media accounts and check your privacy settings after updates to applications to make sure that your privacy settings aren’t available to third parties. Choose strong passwords for your social media accounts and make sure it doesn't include your personal data, such as name, last name, date of birth, name of your child or pet.

Do not use the same password for applications or websites where you receive services. In this way, if your password is compromised, you can prevent access to other information on another site or application you use.

Another measure you can take to protect your personal data is to prefer platforms that run corporate activities and offer confidentiality agreements. Today, there is a significant increase in the number of companies and platforms that provide information on this subject because people are becoming more and more aware of these issues and the laws are regulated to protect the privacy of personal data, so companies are forced to protect data privacy.

In order to take precaution for possible data loss you should absolutely back up your data. While doing that it is wise to use secure cloud storage systems that store your files by encrypting them, rather than storing your files and data on your device in a way that is easily accessible to everyone.

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