Personal information security is something not everyone can achieve because they are not aware of the traces of data they leave on computer and online. Sometimes, hackers use the ones you share publicly to make something out of it and use it to expose the data you keep privately which could totally ruin your image.
Here’s how you can protect your personal confidential information.
Keep the things you share on social media private. This has always been told by us by the social media experts – to think before you click. Everything we share on our social networking sites could be used against us. If we post too flashy goods on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat on a daily basis, you might as well attract even the thieves.
Remember the Kim Kardashian Paris Robbery where the reality star lost millions of dollars worth of jewelry? The theft gets updates from her social media accounts. She posted a picture of her very expensive diamond ring given by his husband, Kanye West, and of course, not only are her fans liked it, she also got the attention of the greedy thieves. Later then the thefts studied her whereabouts and who she’s with which is not that hard to know as she always updates her fans wherever she goes. Eventually, the robbers saw a chance and grabbed it as soon as they can. She accepts the fact that she’s partially to blame for this incident.
I hope we learn from other people’s mistakes. We don’t have to have our own mistakes first before we learn to stay lowkey for us to be safe. It is still nice to share nice things publicly but please, still spare some things.
“Friends Only” privacy settings. Facebook is the widely-used social media in our time and keeping your posts visible only to your Friends and not in Public will make a big help in protecting your privacy. However, some just accept and add friend requests of people they aren’t really friends with in real life and that makes this tip useless. So, make sure that you just don’t add whoever you like – not just in Facebook but also in other sites, be mindful of the people who follow you. Protect your privacy online!
Don’t link your social accounts to unnecessary sites. We all have common sense and if you’re already feeling suspicious about a certain site that asks for you to connect your Facebook or Google+ account, then just don’t.
Use Incognito tabs/windows. Protect confidentiality in research with this tip. Our ICT instructor had once taught us to use incognito windows for it does not leave any traces of browsing histories, account passwords and account log-ins on the browser that you use. This is ideal to do when you use public computers in places like internet cafes, computer laboratories at school, or a friend’s house. Both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers have this feature.
Don’t automatically save your passwords. It is convenient to have your passwords automatically saved on your gadget but we never know the odds of you having your own smartphone, laptop, or tablet stolen. I have known several people who happened to had their smartphones snatched and the thieves played with their social accounts and posted their private photos publicly.
Delete your browsing history. Internet Explorer and other browsers keep a record of what you have browsed and your recent searches. Make sure to go to the options or settings of the browsers you use and delete history.
It feels good to know how you can use public computers or surf the internet at work and still get to protect your personal information in the workplace. This is no-brainer stuff to do. Remember these tips if you want to keep information secure on a computer.