Are You Sharing Too Much Online? Protect Your Personal Information With These Tips
by CLEO /
March 30, 2020
Some of us are working from home now because of Covid-19 and somehow, WFH = more online presence. Whether it’s to complain about work or to show your friends/followers the dish you whipped up in the kitchen during lunch, most of us find ourselves using social media more than ever.
But are you sharing too much? Posting too many details about our personal lives online can put us at risk of being targeted by hackers. Exposing information such as dates of birth, names of children and pets can make it easier for them to guess passwords and gain access to our online accounts.
Other potential crimes we could also get involved in include identify theft, phishing emails and extortion by cybercriminals. Security software company ESET shares with us eight tips on how we can protect ourselves on social media.
Are You Sharing Too Much Online? These Tips Can Protect Your Personal Information
Examine every photo or video
Do your photos and videos reveal sensitive information, such as your NRIC, car number plate or where you hide your house keys? When disclosed, you’re at risk of being harmed. Always check before uploading.
Refrain from sharing your location
You really don’t want the whole world to know where you’re currently hanging out, or that you’re on vacation for two weeks. Social networks often geotag users. For your safety, turn off this feature and delete any saved location information.
Create strong passwords
To keep your data safe, create secure passwords and change them frequently, especially if the password is your only authentication step. If those codes are too much to remember, use a reliable password manager.
Go through social media groups you joined in the past
If they are still public and open to everyone, be especially careful of what you post, as the contents can be read or seen by anyone. You could quit the group or contact the founder and ask him/her to change the settings.
Read privacy policies
Before posting a comment, or uploading a photo or video, imagine showing it to your grandma or a stranger in the street. Would you be comfortable with that? If not, it’s best to keep those content to yourself.
Avoid sending sensitive data via messenger apps or email
This includes your credit card details, passwords, phone numbers and identification numbers. If you absolutely have to send such information, at least encrypt it.
Review privacy settings
To be sure that your social media posts are reaching your intended audience (and not any stranger out there), create separate groups for close friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Be as selective and strict as possible.
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