Maintaining personal identity security can seem nearly impossible at times, especially in today’s world of social media and smart advertising. Social media is so necessary in our lives, but it’s very difficult to maintain your security on those websites. With search engines looking in your email to find out what they should put in advertisements, it seems like there is no safe website for us to visit anymore. Although it isn’t easy to protect your security in this insecure time, it is possible. Here are a few things that you can do:
Protect Your Email
The free email services that most of us use are more likely to be hacked, and are a greater risk to our personal security. You can pay for a premium service, or you can try setting up a new account and only use it when it’s absolutely necessary. Avoid friendly conversations and banter over email, don’t use it to sign up for any newsletters or anything of that sort. Keep it professional, use it when you have to, and you’ll end up saving yourself a lot of trouble.
If you have a Facebook account, Mark Zuckerberg knows nearly everything about you. You should at least consider getting rid of your account, but if you can’t get rid of it, adjust your privacy settings accordingly. Don’t post your address, email address, phone numbers or anything else that could give away your security. Only connect with people that you personally know and trust. You can control the amount of personal information that you put on the internet, but you can’t control anything that the people whom you connect with say about you. Be smart.
Change Your Password
The longer you stick with the password that you currently have, the longer that you’re giving hackers to figure it out. Make it something obscure. Maybe you could make an acronym of one of your favorite sayings and number combination, to make it a little more personal. Don’t include any personal information in your password and change it frequently.
It’s ok to be a little paranoid about your online information. With identity theft becoming more and more common, it’s actually preferred to be protective of your personal info. Always make sure that you know what kind of website you’re getting involved with, don’t hand out your personal information and protect your electronic signature. Don’t let your identity get into the wrong hands.
Jared Jaureguy is an independent technology consultant. He loves all things tech and staying up-to-date on all the latest news in the technology field. You can follow him @jaredjaureguy.