What does your digital history have in common with an animal or plant that lived the Earth around the time of the dinosaurs?
The remains of both, when combined with the remains of lots of other animals and plants, can be quite valuable — at least after a few million years.
But the difference is your data becomes valuable much more quickly than so-called fossil fuels. And the demand for it, along with the ability to capture it, grows all the time with the explosion of social media and the Internet of Things.
Data Privacy Day is an international reminder of the importance of protecting your personal information. To mark this year’s observance on the 28th of January, Mikko did an AMA session on Reddit where he was asked, “What would be your best advice to a new internet user about security and privacy, and how to protect themselves?”
Here was his answer:
Mikko was also asked about the cyber security of new president of the United States, who, according to news reports, is still using an older unsecured Android phone.
“I can’t believe he continues to use his personal, outdated device to do realtime communication with the whole world,” he said. “It’s easy to see how attackers could misuse the @POTUS account if they got their hands on it. He really should not do it.”
Mikko also had some specific advice for President Trump — and all users — to protect his Twitter account.
“And, he should go to Twitter settings and change his settings on Security & Privacy / Password Reset / Require Personal Information To Reset My Password”
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