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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Protecting your data: Online safety tips

Until a few years ago, protecting our personal information was limited to safeguarding our home and credit cards. But everything has changed. Thanks to the explosion of technology and the Internet, today all of our data is online, and it is more likely to wind up in the hands of strangers who will use it improperly.

As a result, individuals who offer online services must ensure that electronic and digital commerce work properly. Users can also contribute towards keeping their online environment safe when they make purchases. How? By following these practical tips:

  • Browse safely: Don’t visit dangerous sites. There are many traps on the Internet that are hard to identify, and a careless click can expose your personal data or infect your device with malicious programs (malware).

  • Activate the security configuration: It is very easy for cybercriminals to find out what products are of interest to you based on your browsing habits and use of social media. However, you can protect your privacy online using the settings that browsers provide.

  • Create secure passwords: Easy passwords are often an easy way to lose data. Don’t choose a password just because it is easy to remember, and don’t use sequential numbers that can be guessed. Remember to combine letters, numbers and special characters.

  • Use a reliable Internet connection: Avoid completing bank transactions, transfers or payments in which you expose your passwords on open Wi-Fi networks. You can’t control your security on those, so don’t send confidential information on them.

What is APEC doing?

The Third Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) included discussions about the digital economy and best practices for protecting consumer data and privacy.

APEC Chile has an agenda focused on e-commerce through its Digital Society priority. It seeks to promote greater economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region through the Internet as a driver of good ideas. Delegates work on initiatives to promote the development of a healthy, well-regulated Internet so that users can engage in e-commerce with full confidence in an increasingly digital world.

This information was provided by Conciencia digital, the Interior and Public Safety Ministry and APEC Chile.

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