Monday, November 27, 2017

How to Protect Your Privacy On The Internet

Best ways to protect your privacy on the internet using facebook, twitter and dealing with sensitive information online - Protect personal data from leaking to the wrong hands buying or banking online.

Online privacy
Is funny how internet users become careless leaving personal information exposed online were any cyber criminal can lay his hands on it. Internet users from various online platforms like Facebook, twitter, Instagram and others social platforms expose a lot of personal data which can be used against them in a very bad way. For instance now if I want any 100 cell numbers today on Facebook I can pull it off, but can you imagine how many ways a cyber criminal can use this information?

If you knew you would not put any private information exposed online, there are so many ways a cyber criminal can use your cell number, name, email or address to carry out a very sophisticated attack and ruin you. As a user you should take advantage of all the privacy features facebook , twitter or any other platform offers because once your personal information falls in a criminal's hands bad things can happen starting with your finances.

What you should be afraid of is that cyber crime is difficult to investigate and reporting the matter to the police once you have been attacked will be a waste of time as cyber criminals are intelligent enough to protect their identity. You better be safe than safe.

So now I will guide you on how to safeguard yourself and protect your private data from leaking to the wrong hands online. I will give examples looking at Facebook platform, Facebook security is improving on an ongoing basis but still cyber criminals will always find new ways to get around such security. Privacy settings of Facebook are very important when it comes to this problem, the most important data to protect online will be; cell number, email, date of birth, address and privacy settings for this data should be set to " Only me".

Even though you can say my friends should be able to see my date of birth and so then don't worry cause they will know when is your birthday even if they can't see your birth dates. The problem is that not everyone of your Facebook friend is a real friend, he/she might be a cyber stalker or any cyber criminal with criminal mindset then make no mistakes when it comes to this. Also enable your two step authentication to prevent criminal's from logging into your account on unrecognised devices.

Always logout of your account online when using browsers and make your password at least 8 characters alpha numeric water tight password to make it difficult for a cyber criminal to crack your code. In addition if you log into your Facebook or any other account using a web browser, always prefer browsers with an " incognito mode" so that you can hide yourself from preying cyber criminals.

I hope this article will help protect your personal data when using internet and facebook

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