And that is literally just the tip of the iceberg. These days, our digital options are pretty much endless.
However, all this freedom is not without its pitfalls. The cyber-security experts from Maxtec have a few tips to share to keep your personal data safe when surfing the net.
Rethink your passwords. ABC123 will no longer pass muster. What you need are strong, unique passwords for each of your key accounts. Also, don’t re-use your passwords - corporate hacks are becoming scarily frequent, and a purposeful hacker could very well use your leaked data to log on to more than one of your accounts. If you’re scared of forgetting your passwords, try using a password manager that keeps track of it in a safe place.
Choose multi-factor authentication whenever you can. It may be a bit of drag to go through a two-or three-step process when you need to do an online transaction, but multi-factor authentication (eg an online password and PIN sent to your cellphone) is a wonderful safeguard against hacking. Most South African banks use this technology and it has proved very effective.