Your online identity is one of your most valuable assets in a world where the lack of cyber security is one of the main threats. From time to time, you should place your online identity on the top of you to do list and make sure that you are protected. It’s only to easy for someone with the necessary skill set to hack your accounts if you pay little to no attention to your passwords or information. Even though changing all your passwords now and then can be a time consuming and you might dread it, think about all the drama you can avoid by protecting your online identity. Just imagine someone stealing your identity and doing crazy things as yourself. That’s more of a problem than changing a password, right?
Here are some tips on protecting your online identity:
- Passwords are the best way to protect yourself and your online identity. Create a strong password, a combination of upper and lower cases, numbers and words. Don’t use the name of your pet or significant other or your birthday- these are all things one might easily find about you via social networks.
- Do not use the same password for multiple accounts. Or a similar one, with slight modifications.
- Change your passwords occasionally ( at least once a year)
- Visit the most important social networks you use and check their privacy settings. In some cases, such as Facebook, the settings change all the time so be sure to keep an eye on them.
- Disconnect access for apps you no longer use
- Don’t over-share personal information
- Don’t share your address, zip code or other important things.
If you haven’t changed your passwords in a while, now it might be the time to do so. Do you have any tips on protecting your online identity?
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