How to keep personal data safe when using social media?

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In the world of technology, people enjoy using social media and sharing their lives with friends and families. There is no doubt that this is fun and exciting, however, people must be concerned about their data being leaked. When it happens, your data is not personal anymore. In the worst case, it comes to the hands of identity thieves and brings you bad consequences. To avoid this from happening and reduce your risk, make sure you know how to keep personal data safe. Check out the tips below!

#1: Use strong passwords and keep them private

Your data is not safe on social media

Perhaps you have always got this advice, but it is never unnecessary to remind you about it. Any of your social media accounts need to have strong passwords. It doesn’t simply just include numbers and letters, and do not think that a long password is a strong password. You need to be more creative when creating one. And of course, make sure you remember your passwords after creating them.

#2: Only share your data with people you know

Your personal data can only be shared when you know who is going to have them and for a specific reason. Don’t just publicize everything on your social media. Before doing it, keep asking yourself if you really want every single person to know. Furthermore, do not click on every link on social media if you are not sure what it is about. You need to check all the information (if any) about the link carefully. It can be about the company or the product. And of course, if you can’t find much information, it is more likely to be a dangerous link trying to steal your personal data. 

#3: Dispose your personal data

It is common that we tend to save our passwords on our devices. This is convenient, but it doesn’t keep personal data safe. Therefore, when you change a device, make sure you dispose of all the personal information it stores. The deletion has to be permanent, which means no one could be able to back up the data once they get the device. So you might need help from tech experts on this. You can also ask them to help you transfer your data from the old device to a new one safely. 

#4: Encrypt your data

When your browser is secure, all of your online data will be safe. You can use encryption software that scrambles your data. A safe browser is the one that has a “lock” icon on the status bar and make sure you look for it before browsing a social networking site.

Keep personal data safe with these tips

#5: Don’t share everything on social networking sites

If you think your Facebook account or Instagram account is like your home, you are wrong. Technically you have a home page, you have friends and families on there, but it is a virtual home that you are building on someone’s “land”. No one cares about your privacy and security as much as yourself. Therefore, to protect your information, do not post too much about yourself on it. Because it is possible that an identity thief can use the information that you share to answer questions when they want to hack your accounts. In addition, if you are not using the accounts for business, try limiting access to your networking page. Also, remember not to post your personal data, including full name, ID number, address, phone number on social networking apps.

#6: Be aware of Wi-Fi

Many people want to take advantage of WiFi networks to save their 4G data. However, not every WiFi network is safe to send personal information, especially public ones in a coffee shop, airport, or hotel.  A secure wireless network in your workplace, for example, is reliable and it can keep personal data safe.

#7: Lock up your devices

Try not to use an automatic login feature on your devices. In case a device is stolen, it would be easier for the thief to get to your personal data when your user name and password are saved on it. And make sure you log out of every account after using it. It is always a wise thing to do when you maintain security on your devices. 

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