FAQ Library

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Protecting Your Data

Understanding the internet and how it works is difficult. Knowing how to protect yourself on the internet is an entirely different issue—and challenge. Below are a few FAQs to help you understand how to stay safe.

What is 2-Factor Authentication and should I use it?

2-Factor Authentication (sometimes called 2FA) is a process that verifies a person is who they say they are by using two pieces of evidence, which might include personal information or other data, unique to them in some way.

These days, usernames and passwords can easily be compromised, so many online services including banks, social media, shopping services add additional layers of verification or a "second factor" to confirm a person's identity—like  a PIN number on a  cell phone, fingerprinting or facial recognition. 

When more than two factors are used, it's called multi-factor authentication. And, YES, you should use it!

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Should I use a password manager?

There was a time when remembering a username and password for a few accounts was not an issue. These days an average person may have a few hundred accounts from online stores, social media accounts, work accounts, messaging apps, etc. Using the same password for all your accounts is easy and convenient but also dangerous, and could leave someone open to identity theft or online fraud.  

A password manager helps you avoid this by allowing you to store more complex passwords (like G3ldk@#soek!!) that are unique to every account. What's more, it keeps these passwords hidden in a vault that only you can access. No more having to remember all the different passwords for all your accounts any longer. In addition, you keep your accounts secure.

To learn more, watch this video.

What is a password manager and what are the benefits?

A password manager is an application that you can add to your favourite browser or download onto your phone that stores all the usernames and passwords of all your online accounts. A password manager allows the creation of more complex and lengthier passwords unque to each of your accounts without you requiring you to remember them all. What's more you only need to learn one password to access the application, and from there, let your password manager give you easy access to all your accounts.

Find out more and watch this video:

Does disabling Third-Party Cookies and Ad Trackers really do anything?

How do I disable Third-Party Cookies and Ad Trackers?

To disable third party cookies and ad trackers you can go to your "Settings" on your browser and search for the option to "block third party cookies and site data". The path to do this will differ depending on which browser you are using. Here are your options:

Chrome

Firefox

Microsoft Edge

Safari

What is the difference between data privacy and data security?

Data privacy and data security have been used interchangeably, however, they are different. Data privacy is about the governance of personal information. This is typically defined by privacy legislation and provides the laws to give consumers and individuals more rights when it comes to companies who collect, use and disclose the use of their personal information.

Data security specifies the rules and best practices that a company should follow to ensure the personal information they store and use within their systems are kept safe. Most of this requires technical safeguards to minimize the chances information is leaked or data is breached from the system.

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