Tips for Keeping Your Online Accounts Safe
Ways on how you can safeguard your accounts online
In this modern world, Social media has been one of the past-time of Pinoys. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (to name a few!), made each Filipino up-to-date when it comes to the latest news, information and "tsismis". But how can you be sure that you are safe in this so-called multimedia world?
Hackers, identity theft, bullies and criminals are already using these sites in order to fool others. Some might use your picture and chat foreign guys to make money. Some might even hack your account to use for scams and other schemes just to take advantage of other people.
- Keep your apps up to date
Always update the downloaded applications on your phone. This makes sure that whatever bugs or hacks that happen on the application have been fixed and updated. Also when you update an application, the developer of that always put extra security features to protect its users.
- Stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats
You need to know what are the latest threats happening the world wide web. Cyber-attacks include threats like computer viruses, data breaches, and Denial of Service attacks. Data breaches can often affect your personal information and can be used against you by hackers.
If you know the latest schemes and threats on the internet, you know how you can protect yourself.
- Use strong passwords
Use alphanumeric characters, big and small letters. But never go over the top that you can forget what you typed.
- Use two-factor authentication
You always have this option to put an extra layer of security to ensure that you're the only person who can access your account even if, let say, somebody knows your password.
- Enable log-in notification
Always make sure that you get notified when somebody logged in your account to a different gadget like phone or laptop computers. You can do this on the setting of your account.
- On Facebook, check active sessions. On Google, take security check-up. If your account shows unfamiliar locations or device, change your password immediately.
- Add a recovery phone number or email address to your account to help you regain access to your account in case you can't sign up.
This will help you recover your account in case somebody hack and change your password.
- Install internet security software
Install software that can protect you from pop-up messages or ads that might contain viruses when you accidentally click it.
- Don't overshare
The most important thing and one of the golden rule in any social media are to never overshare. Opportunities are everywhere and when bad guys see that opportunity, they will take it and attack you.
Sharing something on social media is nice most especially if it's a piece of important information or you want to inspire others. We are all given the chance to talk, and it is better to use this privilege to motivate rather than to break others.
What about you? What kind of stuff do you post in your social media accounts?
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