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These days identity theft is very common, and social media makes it even easier for criminal minds to do their tricks in cyberspace. You won’t realize how bad it can get until you find yourself in that situation and damage control is difficult to do. So here are a few tips on how you can protect yourself online.
On Using Passwords
Make it difficult for anyone to guess your passwords and never share these with anybody, not even your closest family and friends. Do not fail to update your passwords regularly, and use a combination of symbols, numbers, upper and lower case letters. These passwords must never appear in SMS, emails, and other digital firms.
On Filling out Registration Forms
You see these forms every single day from the moment you open your mail until the time you log out. You have all these sites wanting you to fill out their registration forms and give out your email. Don’t – unless you’re one hundred percent sure you know what you are signing up for. Unfortunately, some people take things for granted because they’re so used to filling out forms and giving out their emails without any untoward things happening afterwards. However, you never know when that dreaded first time will happen to you.
Engaging Social Media
Everyone uses social networking sites nowadays. However, when you do, make sure you adjust your privacy settings so that people that do not belong to your inner circle of friends will only have access to information you want to share publicly.
If you leave your settings so that your page is open to everyone, you could be giving away some information that are better kept private. For example, letting the world know you are away on a family vacation could tip burglars that there’s ample opportunity to steal your belongings.
Be Aware of the Info You’re Giving Away
Check out the social media sites you’re in and look at the privacy settings. There are lots of searchable profiles and postings that can easily be tracked down, so it’s better to disable the search feature. Be wary of people trying to hook up with you on Facebook, pretending to be somebody you know from college, using your close family and friends just to earn your trust and put you at ease, unaware of their horrific ulterior motives.
On Doing Business Online
Definitely you should practice prudence and common sense when doing financial transactions online. Do not go through with it until you trust the site a hundred percent. Check for the lock symbol in your browser’s status bar as well as the “https” url format because this will help guarantee a secure connection.
On Dealing with Spam
Resist the temptation to indiscriminately click on links because this is the easiest way to leave a door open for your account to get hacked. Don’t allow yourself to get swayed even if you get a message telling you there is important information regarding your credit card or bank account. Instead, call your bank right away to verify if they really sent you the email. Keep Your Systems Protected. Even if you have sole use of your PC or laptop, you still need to have a secure password that cannot easily be guessed by anyone in your absence. The same thing goes for your smartphones. If you want to be sure your identity is fully protected from the incursions that social media can bring, never take anything for granted. Remember, vigilance is the key to online security.
Yvonne Hart is a tech blogger from Australia. Her knowledge about consumer technology is backed up by 8 years working as a marketing professional in an I.T. distribution company. She now works as a consultant for a company that offers unlimited broadband.