Keep Yourself Secure Online

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Keep Yourself Secure Online


By Ina Cabreza and Rokey Desingano

More than any other activity we do that needs the use of the internet, social media takes the top spot. These social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc., have taken over most of our lives, including some of our personal information. Don't you think it's best to be sure that you have secured yourself from possible hacking?

Here are some tips to help you:

1. Keep an eye on your unused accounts

When you have accounts that you don't use anymore, better keep an eye on them or just deactivate it. Beware: other people could easily upload malicious content or comments using your name. You might also have left important personal data on your idle accounts such as your personal email that might be used by hackers against you.

2. Clicking the wrong link or downloading the wrong file

Something simple such as clicking can be a threat to your online activity. Clicking links, especially the short, malicious ones even on trusted platforms might cause serious problems because it may be filled with malware that could be a gateway for hackers. Better think twice before clicking!

3. Accessing Public Wi-Fi Networks

Free Internet usage can now be accessed anywhere such as malls, restaurants, and even public transportation. By simply entering your cell phone number or email address on browsers, you will be able to surf the web for specific number of hours. This in turn could possibly put your classified data at risk. It might be a way for cyber criminals to take advantage of the vulnerability of your device, threatening all your social media accounts. In order to avoid this, refrain from using public Wi-Fi networks from non-secure establishments.

4. Phishing / Scams

When someone online -- may it be your closest friend or relative -- tells you to click a link and asks you to log-in with your password or personal email, would you click it? Think again. Phishing is a type of scam not only directed personally but a widespread threat of attaining an organization's data, especially if it attacks a brand or a company with a large customer base. Not only will it acquire data of the employees, but also the customers. So, be cautious of people messaging you to click on a link of a website or clicking a suspicious link on your email that requires you to login with your personal details.

5. Choose your friends wisely

Has someone ever added you on your social media account and you end up asking yourself, "Who is this and how did this person find me?" Well, think again before you accept a stranger's request. It's better to have a few trusted friends list on your accounts than have thousands who have access to your private posts. …

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