I believe everyone that is reading this has a Facebook account, right?
Facebook has become of the most important integrals in our society today. From connecting with friends and families to doing online business, Facebook is the first place to go to.
But, how to keep your personal information safe online? Especially considering that everything we posted or do on Facebook is very personal.
September 2018, Facebook was under fire after an attack over its computer network had leaked personal information of almost 50 million users.
Even before that, Facebook was under scrutiny over how they handled their users’ data.
And recently, Facebook was caught red-handed sharing the users’ data with other tech firms such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, and Spotify.
And some of these companies said they were not even aware that they had special access.
As some of you might know, the advertisement that appears on your timeline is actually generated from your online searches and activities!
After knowing all of this, have this question popped in your mind: “How safe actually my details that I put online?”
There have been few cases of fraud and scam online, because only by putting phone number online.
One of such cases happened earlier last week, where a man lost $1 million in cryptocurrency after his phone was hacked using his phone number.
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This case showed that even small details about us can be used against us and these cases can go on until what we feared the most: identity theft.
Scammers are getting more advanced and savvy these days and we all have to keep up with that to protect our interest and assets.
I believe most of us know the importance of keeping your personal details private, but what are the other steps that you can take to protect your personal and sensitive information in order to safeguard not only your privacy and your assets?
Let’s explore this article to find out more.
Yeap, passwords. We use this every day, especially our phone lock PIN.
You know that your secondary school era ‘stormdragonz’ password is as fragile your childhood lock and keys plastic toy and you cannot be using the same password even now!
Password is basically the key that is used to authenticate the user’s identity, proving identity and giving access.
Always set-up your password with the recommended setting which is using a combination of lower case, upper case letters, symbols and numbers. And do make sure that your password is at least 8 characters long.
Do not use any kind of solitary words (as in words in the dictionary) or derivative of names. In addition to names, do not use phone numbers, addresses, birthdays or official document/ID numbers.
On top of that, if you think you will forget your passwords, you can jot it down on your mobile devices or you can use certain software to keep your passwords secure.
We will have to be extra vigilant especially when it comes to the access for anything related to your assets such as your online banking account.
Be Wary of Every Link
The safest way to play is actually to assume every link that you see online is somehow to certain extents is unsafe. You should always be vigilant all the time.
Do not click on any link, be it from emails, websites or any sources that you are not sure of its legitimacy. There are lot pishing scams out there waiting for you just to click on the link and the next thing you know: all of your personal details and sensitive information stolen.
The best recommendation that we can offer is to browse smart. That means you ought to always double-check the URL of your banking site, social networking site, and e-mail site before you log in.
Next, if you really want to be sure, you can always use link checker such as Google Safe Browsing to verify.
Or you can also use other verifying sites such as hpHost, and Norton Safe Web.
Next, be wary of what websites you visit. Just opening a website with certain types of malware on it can cause malware to be downloaded to your computer.
You can avoid going into these websites by first identifying the key details.
First, you must pay close attention to the URL. Lookout for any typo or irregularities inside the link. Let’s take this CIMB fraud for example.
Notice that the link is actually missing a letter ‘b’ there?
The Bottom Line
The online world is facing threats and becoming more and more dangerous nowadays. But, at the same time, more and more businesses and transactions are being digitised. We cannot run away from the digitalisation trend and that alone should drive us to protect our privacy and safety whenever we go online.
Here at Hooty, we are encouraging you to do whatever you love and monetising it, always putting in your effort to create multiple sources of income and creating wealth, and we also emphasise on the importance of safeguarding your interests and wealth!