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The way people share on the Internet puts them at risk for more than they realize. They think that if they keep quiet about how much they hate their boss, they will be safe. They assume that if they are not posting rude photos, they will not get in trouble. They are careful not to let the world know when they will be away from home so they won’t get robbed. But there is much more that they are sharing that has great costs as well. But employing stricter privacy practices and using VPNs for Facebook, Twitter, and other sharing sites can keep them safe.
Keep Documents Private
People sometimes share screenshots of bills and accounts that they’ve settled. Or of selfies with their new bank account or credit card. This is an announcement to the world that they have come into some money that thieves would love to take away from them. It also shows them a complete name and address and the account or card number that helps them get started. It also opens them up to becoming victims of account and identity fraud. It is surprising that this happens online because most people are generally careful about keeping this information away from strangers. You would not show your bank slips to someone on the bus. You would not flash your credit card around at the mall. This attracts unwanted attention. Yet they post photos that do the same. And there is a much larger audience online than in the real world. This practice needs to stop to keep them safe from scams and hacks.
Keep Your Location Private
People love to use location data to show their contacts where they have fantastic dinner reservations or what they are going to buy for their loved one’s special day. This is not only as bad as letting someone follow you. It is so much worse because you are actually inviting them to track you. You are willingly giving them accurate information on your every move. If your location is available, it is also not difficult for people to figure out where you live. This is a vital piece of verification data that scammers can use to hack your accounts. When they see that you’ve just been to the bank, you are vulnerable. When they can build a pattern of your daily routine you are essentially planning their attack for them. And these details can also be used to fool the people at your bank who conduct verification.
Keep Your Personal Details Private
People think that because dates like birthdays and graduation are common knowledge that they are safe to share. The same goes for old schools and home addresses. But these are exactly the types of details that banks test account holders on when they require verification for lost passwords or cards. It is also easy to pretend to be you when everyone knows who your parents and spouse and children are. All these bits of information that are public are not dangerous. But it is a bad idea to put it all together for thieves to easily launch an attack against you.
Use VPNs for Facebook and Other Sites Where you Share Information
There are a lot of tools out there that allow scammers and hackers to track you online. You may be careful not to Tweet about your whereabouts or share personal moments or reveal intimate details in your Instagram photos. But you can still be open to data mining if your connection is not protected by VPNs for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The files you upload and the comments you make can be intercepted and used to build a profile of you. And it’s not just the content of these things you share. Your IP address and the metadata associated with files alone is enough to give these thieves a starting point. Using VPNs for Facebook and whatever other online services you use ensures that the information you share with them is not being seen by third parties.