Technology experts say computers can pose a risk to their owners because they contain sensitive information about their bank accounts or their private family lives.
“Most people seek to scan their computers’ memory when they are abandoned or sold, but there is some data that can put your personal and financial life at risk,” said Ian McClarty, an e-security expert.
Here are four things you should delete from your computer, to provide yourself with problems that may appear later and become more complex, says McClarty:
Credit card numbers
The credit card numbers on the computer provide looters with a treasure that can incur heavy losses, especially since most Internet browsers store these numbers for subsequent use with the “auto-fill” feature.
McClarty recommends deleting the credit card data that is normally saved in the Google Chrome browser via this feature, by accessing the browser’s advanced settings and clearing the data there.
Many banks send beneficiaries monthly statements via e-mail, and if you download them on your computer, you will be vulnerable to breaking through your sensitive data.
McClarty recommends removing these files from the computer immediately, before being exploited by a potential hacker.
According to McClarty, personal information, such as your date of birth, your full name, address and phone number, give cybercriminals the possibility of impersonating you.
This information can give thieves an opportunity to change your account information and close your digital services in some cases. It is therefore advisable not to keep such information in your computer.
“The picture may be worth thousands of dollars in the hands of cybercriminals,” McClarty says, warning that hackers may use personal photos to steal your identity.
In some cases, electronic thieves are bargaining with the victim to return photos or data for a ransom. Image theft can also include images of your children or family members, making them vulnerable.