There are a lot of “plus sides” to the internet. Funny memes and Instagram, just to name a few. There are also a lot of down sides, one of the biggest being that it can be a danger to your privacy. Breaches in your online security can have really bad consequences, from having your passwords stolen and your social media accounts hacked to someone getting your credit card information and stealing your identity. The best way to prevent a breach in your online security and privacy is to never do any of the following:
- Giving unnecessary info: When you are filling out a profile online, whether it is a clothing website or a social media profile, be wary about what information you give them. A lot of the time, the information they are asking for isn’t really needed (things like your mother’s maiden name and your phone number, to name a few). Only fill out the boxes that are required, and I even suggest making up a fake birthday so it is not as easy for people to steal your identity.
- Sharing your location settings: When apps like Facebook or sites like Google ask if they can use your location, say no. Especially Facebook because every post you make tells your location, which makes it easy for people to track you. People can be tracking you on sites where you wouldn’t even expect it! Be careful when letting sites use your location data.
- Using the same password for everything: I used to be bad at this! It is so convenient to use the same password, or a variation of it, for everything because you never forget it. But, once a hacker has that password, they can go to town. Use a different password for everything to make sure that a hacker can’t take over your accounts! Keep your passwords in a small notebook so that you can keep track of them.
I want you to stay safe on the internet, so I hope these warnings help!