Online privacy is extremely important today because data has become increasingly valued over the years. Many people steal data and information from personal accounts so that they can sell it. Every move we make online is at risk for being collected and analyzed for data, which is why protecting personal information is so important. Read on to see why we support keeping your information private, and how you can stay protected online.
Minimize the information you put out on social media.
Sharing specific, personal information about yourself online isn’t necessary or safe. This could include anything such as age, contact information, general location, or even the school you attend. Many social media platforms ask users to fill out this personal information, but try to remember that it isn’t required.
Limit your audience.
Adjusting privacy settings on each social networking platform can make a huge difference in protecting personal information. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest all have audience settings regarding privacy and who can see your information. Limiting who can view, comment, or like your online activity can significantly improve safety. This can prevent information about yourself being stolen and sold as data.
Only add people you know.
Although it may seem like having a ton of friends/followers is extra important in today’s society, don’t fall for it. Tons of fake accounts exist and try to connect solely to steal, collect, and analyze personal information online. In order to make sure this doesn’t happen, check and see if you and the person trying to connect share mutual friends or people you trust.
Two-factor authentication is your new BFF.
Two-factor authentication is a privacy feature that nearly every website with online users has. With this feature, if someone tries logging into your account from an unknown source, you will immediately be notified via text or email. Then, a second code aside from your password can be created to make sure it’s actually you. Choosing to use this feature can prevent online hackers from stealing personal information.
Create alerts for when your name is searched.
Google alerts has an amazing feature that lets you be notified when your personal information is being searched for online. This can reveal certain untrustworthy webpages and users that are trying to steal information. A notification can be sent to your email or mobile device each time this happens so that you can block or report these data miners. To set up a Google alert, click here.
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