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6 Tips To Ensure Your Data Security



6 Tips To Ensure Your Data Security

When discussing matters bordering data security, it is crucial to draw the dividing line between Privacy and security.

The due are the heroes of the data and information world — each regulates, supervises and protects user and organizational data.

Separately and together, these information standards are crucial to technological growth.

Premium protection services can help support privacy and security measures, both individually and collectively. Before investing in either, learn more about the differences between privacy and security, the role of compliance and how to protect yourself from unauthorized data collection.

6 Tips To Ensure Your Data Security

6 Tips To Ensure Your Data Security

What Is Digital Privacy?

Digital privacy is an individual’s right to keep digital information —personal and professional — confidential. Most online users agree their privacy is worth protecting, especially when sensitive data is at risk.

There are multiple types of digital privacy, including:

  • Information privacy
  • Data privacy

Importance of Data Privacy

Data privacy is important for protecting the sensitive information of all online users. Various organizations — like Google, Facebook and Amazon — collect personal data like:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Usernames
  • Passwords
  • Phone numbers
  • Payment and card information
  • Email addresses
  • Driver’s license numbers

Prioritizing digital privacy can help protect vulnerable parties from dangerous actors, including hackers and other cybercriminals.

What Is Digital Security?

Digital security refers to the protections individuals and organizations take to defend their personal and professional information. Digital security is a broad topic, and there are a few distinct types of security that cover certain security measures and timelines:

  • Cybersecurity: protection of data and information from unauthorized actors
  • Data securityprotection of data and information across its entire lifecycle
  • Zero trust securitysecurity framework that only allows access to authorized users

Security Without Privacy: Is It Possible?

Security without privacy is possible, but it’s difficult to achieve and is strongest when paired with digital privacy. Additionally, organizations can still share and sell user information — if included in their privacy policy — while supporting strong internal security systems. While privacy without security is nearly impossible to support, security without privacy is commonly maintained.

Which Is More Important?

Privacy and security are usually equally important, but compliance expectations and user or organizational priorities can affect the importance of each. Before assigning importance levels to privacy and security, understanding a standard’s levels of compliance is necessary.

If worse comes to worst, it’s usually best to consider privacy and security a collaboration rather than a competition — allowing each to support the other.

6 Tips To Ensure Your Data Security

Data Security: 6 Tips To Ensure Your Privacy and Security Online 

Privacy vs. security should be less of a competition and more of a supportive partnership. To support both, individuals and organizations can follow specific protection tips:

1. Browse With a VPN

Whether you want to access content prohibited in your country or want to protect your personal data with additional security, consider using a VPN. This type of security tool masks a public IP address and protects data from third-party actors. Even if a cybercriminal hacks your connection, a VPN will continue to protect and encrypt data.


2. Communicate With Encryption

Sharing sensitive data digitally isn’t recommended, but it can be protected through end-to-end encryption. Encryption stops eavesdropping cybercriminals from being able to read and record digital communication, protecting the privacy of the sender and receiver. Specific forms of encryption — like AES encryption and PGP encryption — can be used to protect data across specific platforms.

3. Limit Social Sharing

Individuals can protect their privacy and support individual security by limiting what they share on social platforms. A digital footprint — which is the trail of an individual’s online activity — can be traced. If a user shares private information like credit card numbers, passwords, legal names, addresses and phone numbers on social platforms, they can be tracked and stolen by cybercriminals.

4. Utilize a Password Manager

Digital password managers are security systems individuals and organizations can use to store and protect passwords. This type of security can be free or paid, and authorized users can pass internal information between themselves. Users also use password managers to store unique usernames and passwords for multiple accounts, which can also increase security and privacy.

5. Try Ad Blocking

For web surfers, it’s possible to download ad blockers and cookie-blocking extensions to protect personal data from unauthorized collection. However, it’s important to research potentially malicious browser extensions before downloading anything to a device.

6. Install Antivirus Software

Antivirus software options — for various devices like iPhones and Android — can help protect devices from data-stealing malware. Additionally, anti-malware software can alert users to potentially dangerous apps, websites and other software.


Other security precautions, like private search engines, can also help users support privacy and security. With specialized protective downloads from Panda Security, you can turn privacy vs. security from a competition into an individually beneficial collaboration.


WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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FRSC launches 2023 “Ember” months campaign in Abia, warns against overloading



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Abia Sector Command, has launched this year’s “Ember” months campaign against overloading and speed before and during the Yuletide.

In a speech at the event in Umuahia, the South-East Zonal Commander of the corps, RS9HQ, Mr Ocheja Ameh, said that the campaign would focus on encouraging road users to observe safety measures.

The theme of the campaign is “Speed thrills but kills: Drive responsibly and avoid overloading”.

Ameh said: “The focus of our campaign this year is against overloading, failure to install speed limiting device by commercial vehicles, dangerous driving, lane indiscipline and absence of wipers.

“Also, vehicles that are abusing the use of several lights in the night, other than the factory-fitted ones and use of phone, while driving, amongst others.


“I want to assure you that this year’s campaign will be more vigorous than that of last year, because we want to start early for best results.”

He thanked the government and stakeholders for their support to FRSC programmes, adding that the corps was poised to intensify it’s campaign against violation of safety rules by road users.

The Acting Sector Commander, Mrs Bridget Asekhauno, said that the campaign was targeted at recording minimal road crashes, zero fatalities and free flow of traffic during the Yuletide and going forward.

Asekhauno said that in order to achieve its goal, the command had deployed personnel, operational vehicles and ambulances in all the strategic roads across the state as well as made provision for mobile courts.

She urged drivers to install speed limiting device, use safe tyres in their vehicles and avoid overloading their vehicles with humans and animals, amongst other infractions.


She also said that the command would not hesitate to prosecute violators of any road safety rules and urged road users to cooperate with FRSC personnel deployed in various locations in the state.

In a speech, Gov. Alex Otti of Abia said that the FRSC core mandate of minimising road crashes and fatalities was in line with Abia Government’s agenda to achieve effective traffic management in the state.

The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Sunny Onwuma, described road safety as a shared responsibility, which makes it important for all drivers to drive safely to save lives.

Otti urged road users to obey traffic rules and regulations to enable them to arrive at their different destinations, safely.

Earlier, the State Chairman, Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners, Mr Amobi Ohaeri, commended the corps for embarking on a campaign to encourage safe driving.


Ohaeri said that the effort would greatly help to improve the orientation of road users, especially commercial drivers, in driving responsibly and appealed to FRSC to conduct regular enlightenment programmes, particularly in motor parks.

“This campaign should go beyond Ember months.

“Take it to churches, mosques, town hall meetings, because drivers belong to all these places and do consider starting a road safety club for drivers to further drive the message home,” he said.

Also, the State Coordinator of FRSC Special Marshal, Chief Jerry Onyemachi, commended FRSC and the security agencies for their collaborative effort toward keeping the roads safe.

Onyemachi called on the people of Abia to be law-abiding and adhere to the safety measures outlined by FRSC.

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