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Protecting Your Privacy While Online

Online privacy has become a big issue and is certainly a hot topic for debate at this moment in time. With the amount of people joining social networks and other forums today, it has become increasingly more important for people to understand the importance of keeping a low profile when online. Giving away too much information about yourself can often have horrific consequences and can often lead to harassment, bullying or even legal action. Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you protect your privacy while online:

  1. Password Usage – Most of us often tend to use the exact same passwords over and over again on different social media accounts. Users should always use different passwords for each account and ensure that they use special characters, lower case and upper-case letters for tougher security.
  2. Avoid Real Names – Unless you are joining a social network where you connect with your friends, you should not use your real name and rather a shortened version or even a fake one. This will help to protect your identity and will stop people from finding out information about you if they do a Google search with your real name.
  3. Use Anti Malware Software – Using malware protection software on your computer, mobile or laptop with real-time protection will help you fight against not only malware, but hackers who may attempt to infiltrate your system and steal the information on it. Scan daily and update it frequently.
  4. Account Names – Most of us have a habit of re-using account names on multiple forums or websites and this once again can leave a massive footprint about you and your activities online. If you join multiple forums, then use different usernames for each place at it will reduce your online footprint.
  5. Emails – We all receive emails on a daily basis and most of us are used to receiving a great amount of spam in our inbox as well. Always ensure that you make an effort not to click on suspicious links inside emails as this can often lead to malware being installed onto your system or a phishing attack. Phishing links will often redirect the user to a fake page that mimic’s that of a legitimate one and is designed to capture and steal your private information.

Follow these 5 tips to help protect your online identity and also stop malware from attacking your system.

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Milana Rose, AppLecture news editor. Kind, sympathetic and very inquisitive person, who loves to help people with the "computer", and not only those challenges sufficiently due to her knowledge. Hobbies - Apple products, drawing, dancing, swimming, a healthy lifestyle. In a private use - MacBook Air, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod Nano 5, iPod touch, Mac Mini.
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