Our lives are increasingly consumed with online activities. Due to the increase of Internet viruses and website hackers, staying safe online is more important than ever. Social networking sites provide multiple opportunities for others to gain valuable information about you. Below, you will find four tips that will point you in the right direction to securing your online identity.
Secure Payment Information
If you frequently use e-commerce sites that store your credit card details, it is particularly important to secure your computer. By completely logging out of each session after making a purchase, you’ll decrease the chances of unauthorized access. This is why it is recommended that you access sites like Amazon, eBay, your online bank account or even games sites like FoxyBingo from your secure PC rather than using a public computer.
Keep Private Information Private
Chances are you access Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis but might not consider who is actually looking at your profile information. Strangers can see your photos and wall posts on Facebook if you do not set the security settings to ‘friends only’. Make sure any personal details such as your phone number or your email address are not made public on your profile.
Monitor Your Check-ins
Another popular, online trend is location-based social networks. i.e. Foursquare and Yelp. Sites like these inform others of your location and can even pinpoint an address on a map. Personally, I’m very cautious about any unknown friend requests that I receive from Foursquare and I rarely post that information to Facebook or Twitter. 99% of the time, publicizing your location will not cause harm but it’s always a good idea to be cautious of your friends on these sites.
Protect Your Password
With the recent leak of LinkedIn passwords,we’re reminded how important it is to frequently change your online passwords. A good rule of thumb is to change your passwords every few months and do not use the same password for all accounts. You can beef up security on your account by including numbers and symbols to make it even more complicated for others to access.