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The everyday things you do that risk your digital privacy #infographic

Young Professionals Risky Digital Behavior
Young Professionals Risky Digital Behavior. From BackgroundCheck.org
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How good are you at protecting your privacy and your data online?  Well, no matter how good you think you are you might be surprised to see how it’s the small things that you do that might lead to your data being stolen.

Last week we spoke to David Gorodyansky (@AnchorFreeDavid), the co-founder and CEO of AnchorFree, the company behind Hotspot Shield, he said that while awareness is growing many smartphone users are still not as aware as they should be about their data security.  He said,

I think people in general are probably not as aware as they should be about the risks to their privacy; and the risks are pretty significant.  Last year there were 10 million identity theft victims in the United States alone.  Obviously if you are using an unencrypted Wi-Fi network it is extremely easy to sniff passwords, bank account details, your Facebook password, your identity, and all the sites you’re visiting.

The figures for data theft are astounding, and the risks from viruses are ever growing, but there are things that can be done to improve your personal digital security.  This infographic from backgroundcheck.org illustrates how using public Wi-Fi or a computer that isn’t your own (even in work or college) can be the weak link for you.

Click here for a larger view of the infographic.

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Piers Dillon Scott
Piers Dillon-Scott is co-editor of The Sociable and writes about stuff he finds. He likes technology, media, and using the Oxford comma (because it just makes sense).