Check Out Your Online Privacy
Guest Post By: Maxwell Donovan
Most people don’t understand the importance online privacy, personal information that has become available online. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat have become an essential part of our digital life. Users create detailed online profiles and connect with other users. People may assume it is all about what they are doing, which is a small piece of the picture, social media platform administrators can access user profiles. The security event had recently suggested three ways to check out your online privacy.
1. Use Two-factor Authentication
It’s often difficult to remember the world without smartphones. Two-factor authentication delivers an extra layer of protection for user accounts, creating a situation where any successful account breach requires far more effort. Most of the attacks are automated, there are more mobile phones on the planet than people, and the use of two-factor authentication decreases the risk of unauthorized access and system breaches. The hacker needs to have both the password of the account as well as access to the user’s phone. When their bots start trolling the internet, they’re not looking for your account; they’re looking for any vulnerable account.
2. Privacy Settings
Using social networking and social media sites are easy ways to chat online, make new friends and keep in touch, but we have to be mindful of our privacy and security when we do. We share a lot of information about ourselves on our social media. Privacy settings of a social networking site are important to avoid data sharing with someone who is not authorized to share that data. Keep in mind that once a message, photo or video is shared, there is no control over where it goes. Make sure that your posts are not indexed into search engines. Never use a work email address; consider creating a separate one for social media sites.
3. Lie When Setting Up Password Security Questions
Website often ask you to answer security questions there’s something even more problematic with security questions. The idea of password-recovery questions is simple. If you forget your login credentials, there’s a backup way to get into your account. There’s nothing secure about such generic queries because of their dangerous guessability, they should be abolished—and that until they are, you should never answer them honestly. You should use a unique answer for every single security question you choose, because someone who wants access to your account could easily dig up the answers if you answer honestly. Remembering all those unique passwords is difficult but it is the best way to keep bad guys from finding out your security question answers.
People share their gender, age, familial information, interests, educational background, employment, personal views and news about what’s going on in their lives. This data has high value it is collected, analyzed and sold to be misused.
Our thanks to Maxwell Donovan for sharing this online privacy advice. Maxwell is a guest contributor to many blogs, and we appreciate his contribution to Best Panic Alarm.
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