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6 Tips To Ensure Your Data Security

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6 Tips To Ensure Your Data Security

Last Updated on July 18, 2023 by Fellow Press

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.

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Breaking: Rotten tomatoes, pepper dangerous — Doctor warns Nigerians

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Last Updated on June 15, 2024 by Fellow Press

A medical doctor, identified simply as Wales, has warned Nigerians to stay away from rotten tomatoes and pepper, known as ‘eesa’ or ‘baaje’ tomatoes.

In a clip that went viral on social media, Wales stated that the continuous consumption of rotten tomatoes and/or pepper posed several health risks, and could lead to cancers, due to the presence of harmful microorganisms such as fungi, known to produce mycotoxins.

Displaying rotten tomatoes on a plate, the doctor stressed that the tough economic situation should not be a reason for people to eat ‘poison’.

He said, “Fellow Nigerians, good morning. I know that, because of the economy, you are saving money on so many things. But please, if you see this thing, (rotten tomatoes and peppers) in the market, run away.

“Just because we are in a ‘rogbodiyan’ (tough) economy does not mean you should start eating poison, because this type of tomato can cause cancer.

“Fresh tomatoes are vegetables rich in Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. Rotten tomatoes, however, aren’t fresh in any way but are soft pieces of piled tomatoes sold at cheaper prices to people who cannot afford the fresher options.

“And, because they are broken, this type of tomatoes are easily accessible to flies, which deposit germs and eggs inside them. But, that’s not the worst part. As these tomatoes break, microorganisms invade them, causing them to rot. Among these microorganisms are fungi known to produce something known as mycotoxins. Meanwhile, mycotoxins have been linked to cancers and induction of immune deficiency in humans. And, because tomatoes contain lots of fluid, these mycotoxins spread faster to all parts of the tomatoes.”

The medical doctor also stated that boiling and washing the tomatoes would not rid them of the mycotoxins, which not only cause cancer but can also damage the kidney and liver.

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Minimum Wage: ₦‎250,000 demand not sacrosanct – TUC

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Last Updated on June 15, 2024 by Fellow Press

Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Festus Osifo said yesterday that there was nothing sacrosanct about the N250,000, adding that labour was receptive to adjustments.

There was no immediate response from the federal government last night on the latest stance of organised labour, although the Senate yesterday pledged to grant accelerated consideration and passage of the new minimum wage bill from President Bola Tinubu.

Only last Wednesday, the acting President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Prince Adewale Adeyanju, said labour’s demand “remains N250,000, and we have not been given any compelling reasons to change this position, which we consider a great concession by Nigerian workers during the tripartite negotiation process.”

Adeyanju was responding to the Democracy Day broadcast of President Bola Tinubu in which he said an agreement had been reached on the new national minimum wage.

Osifo himself in his first reaction to the FG and OPS agreement on N62,000 as minimum wage penultimate Friday had said “for us (labour), we felt that with the current economic hardship and the difficulty in the land, the sum of N250,000 should be what will be okay as the minimum wage.

But speaking yesterday on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, The Morning Brief, he said there was “no figure that is sacrosanct; there is no figure that is cast in stone that both parties will be fixated on it.”

He added: “What we said is that for us, when we give figures, there is always a room to meander; there is always a room for us to do some adjustment here and there.

“One of the reasons that we went on industrial action the last time was because when it got to N60,000, they told us that a kobo could not even join the N60,000; that they could not even add one naira to it.

“So that was one of the reasons that led to that industrial action beyond the fact that there were also delays.”

President Tinubu is expected to send an executive bill to the National Assembly on the new minimum wage for legislative action.

The TUC President said that they are not going to pre-empt the President, but they are making all efforts to justify why Tinubu should tilt towards the figure presented by the labour instead of the one by the organised private sector and the government.

He said that if the President sends a figure that is not favourable to the labour to the National Assembly, they will still approach the lawmakers and push them to do much more.

Osifo vowed that the work of the labour leaders will not end until the Minimum Wage Act 2024 becomes law. He said it is premature to predict what labour will do if what is passed is not acceptable to them at the end of the day.

The FG and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) had on Friday, May 31 reached an agreement to pay N62,000 to their least paid worker; an increase of N2,000 on the N60,000 rejected two weeks ago by labour.

The 36 states, which were represented on the Tripartite Committee on the minimum wage, said on the same day that they could not afford to pay even N60,000 while the NLC and the TUC disagreed with government and the OPS.

They said the minimum they would accept was N250,000, which is N244,000 less than the N494,000 they initially demanded.

The Tripartite Committee has already submitted its report and recommendation to the President, who is expected to take a decision on the final figure to be sent by way of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for consideration.

The TUC President said while labour was not disposed to pre-empting the President on his decision, the unions were keen on ensuring that Tinubu tilts toward the figure presented by labour instead of the N62,000 by government and OPS.

He said should the President decide on a figure labour finds unfavourable, it will take its struggle to the lawmakers to convince them for an increase.

He said it was premature to predict labour’s reaction if the action of the executive and the legislature turns out to be unfavourable.

Tinubu, at a state dinner to mark Democracy Day on Wednesday had declared that his planned minimum wage is “what Nigerians can afford, what you can afford and what I can afford.”

He added: “Cut your coat according to your size, if you have size at all.”

Apart from the state governments which have expressed their inability to pay even the N60,000 which labour had rejected prior to the June 3 and 4 strike, signals from the local governments also suggest that they cannot pay N62,000.

National President of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Aminu Muazu-Maifata, said on Thursday that the LGs could not pay that amount.

Muazu-Maifata said some local governments have not even been paying their workers the ₦30,000 approved as minimum wage in 2019.

He said an affordable minimum wage should be set and not something unsustainable.

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