Stay on Top of Online Security
Although many of us spend hours of our lives online now, it’s easy to forget how visible we truly are on the internet. Anything you say or post immediately becomes a part of your online persona regardless of whether you want it to or not.
Even if you feel more comfortable talking about things online rather than in person, the Internet is largely unregulated, like the Wild Wild West, and your personal information can be taken or even used against you if you’re not careful.
Are you making any of these mistakes during your online activities?
1. Ignoring Facebook Privacy Settings
Using Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family can give us a false sense of security, but the social networking site has privacy settings for a reason. Anything and everything you post about, including how much you drank last night, as seen in pictures, becomes a part of your online profile.
Unless you change your sharing settings to “Friends” or “Only Me,” your posts are public, meaning anyone can view them, including potential employers.
2. Oversharing on Social Media
With so many social media sites popping up all the time, it’s easier than ever to share everything about our lives through words, pictures and videos. However, there is such a thing as oversharing.
Your Facebook friends really don’t need to know about personal things such as your baby’s bathroom habits or your sexual encounters. Posting every embarrassing photo or fleeting thought that comes to mind might temporarily make you feel better, but are just going to cause trouble in the long run.
3. Having a Standard Password
With so many different websites asking you to set up an account, it can be tempting to just set a standard password for everything. While it may make your life easier at first, it will also make a hacker or identity thief’s life easier as well.
Once they guess your password, they now have access to your entire life, including financial information. Equally unfortunate is setting simple passwords that are easy to remember.
Again, “Password123” is just as easy for a hacker to remember as it is for you.