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Tips To Protect Your Digital Life

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It seems that every day news breaks of another security hack or password leak. Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves from security breaches and since internet marketers are online all the time and their lively hood relies on digital connections, it is especially important. Here are 5 tips to stay safe and secure:

[COLOR=#000000]1. Set up two-factor e-mail authentication, thus ensuring that no one else can log into your e-mail account from a device that you have not authenticated through this system.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000]2. Use different password for all your online accounts. My method is to use a strong root password and then append additional characters based on the type of service Iím using. This makes it easier to remember passwords across the dozens of online services and devices I use. You can also use password-manager software.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000]3. Back up all of your most important files to the cloud or to a separate hard drive. Most of our large, valuable data assets are photos, videos and music, so Iíd suggest keeping those files with popular online services, like Flickr, YouTube, and Amazonís music cloud. For documents and other files that are important but not too personal, I use Google Drive. There are a variety of fee-based services that are heavier duty and donít claim any sort of ownership to your files, which many free cloud-based services do. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000]4. Avoid browser auto-fill forms with credit card or social security numbers. Credit card numbers and the last four digits of your social security number are sensitive, so avoid giving these out. Again, I use American Express, which has always been by my side during any security breach.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=#000000]5. Avoid using Facebook or Twitter authentication to log into accounts. As tempting and easy as it is to do this (aka, ďthe frictionless webĒ), it is a bad idea to daisy-chain accounts together. That makes it easier for hackers to vandalize your entire digital life online if they are able to gain access to your Facebook or Twitter accounts.[/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]

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