Protecting Your Data is Important for an Overseas Worker
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What is data to a private citizen? It may just mean your pictures, your documents, and above all, it can also mean your identity. Imagine a scenario where your pictures get erased forever, or worse, somebody uses your data to get a loan in your name. I personally reported a Facebook user for impersonating a friend of mine (I thought she opened a new Facebook account). &nbsp;A Facebook notification said that the poser got married recently. I know in fact, my friend&nbsp;has no plans of marrying her long-time partner.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Protecting personal data is especially important for overseas workers.</span></h2> <div class="wp-block-image wp-image-4379"><figure class="alignright size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="900" height="600" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/markusspiske.jpg" alt="Protecting Your Data is Important for an Overseas Worker" class="wp-image-9529" title="Protecting Your Data is Important for an Overseas Worker" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/markusspiske.jpg 900w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/markusspiske-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/markusspiske-768x512.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px" /><figcaption>Can you imagine if all your pictures got erased?</figcaption></figure></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An overseas worker is more vulnerable because their family is not with them physically. They would have nobody to turn to for immediate counsel. Their loved ones can also be victimised if a stolen identity is used to bilk money from them. </span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are some tips on how to protect your data:</span></h3> <ul><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re using your full name in Facebook or LinkedIN, be careful not to share any other personal identifiers like your mother’s maiden name, your address, or your phone number. Even your date of birth can be used to impersonate you.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Be judicious in approving apps that can post to your account. Be particular about quizzes that ask for your permission because they are harvesting your data. You can repeal your permission after you’ve done their fun quiz, if you want.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Make sure Windows Defender is turned on if you’re using Windows.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;">Don&#8217;t leave your email address or phone numbers on comments &#8211; it can be used to steal your identity.</li></ul> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Get your computer up to date</span></h3> <ul><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Use the free <a href="http://www.superantispyware.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">SuperAnti-Spyware</a> from support.com if you don’t want to pay for an anti-virus software. Another great alternative is <a href="https://www.malwarebytes.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">MalwareBytes</a>.</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Always backup your files and pictures. Another way to do this in a budget-friendly way is to simply email yourself a copy.</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Never ever disclose your password to anybody, <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/ofw-social-media/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">even your partner</a>.</span></li><li>Your password should&nbsp;never be associated with your birthday, your loved ones’ birthday, or your address.</li><li>Experts in Information Security recommend changing your password at least every three months.</li></ul> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Be careful with your pictures</span></h3> <ul><li style="font-weight: 400;">Turn off location services for most apps. This sounds extreme, but it pays to be prudent.</li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t post a picture of your ID cards, it can be stolen. This sounds like common sense, but I do see a lot of people post their new license if they passed a driving or a board exam.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t post a picture of your boarding passes. The barcodes and QR codes contain your data. Not only that, it tells would-be thieves that you’re not at home.</span></li></ul> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vigilance is the key.</span></h2> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="683" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/34547181@N00.jpg" alt="Protecting Your Data is Important for an Overseas Worker" class="wp-image-9530" title="Protecting Your Data is Important for an Overseas Worker" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/34547181%40N00.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/34547181%40N00-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/34547181%40N00-768x512.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></figure></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All things considered, there really is no absolute recipe for protecting yourself in this digital world. That being said, vigilance and being aware of consequences can go a long way towards protecting your data from being lost or stolen. Protecting yourself is also protecting your loved ones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Be safe!</span></p> <h4><i>Picture attribution <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">CC BY 2.0</a></i></h4> <p><i>Screen &#8211; flickr.com/</i><em>markusspiske</em></p> <p><i>Boy &#8211; flickr.com/</i>34547181@N00</p>