Online Privacy and Security

It is becoming easier and easier for hackers to access private information online. There are several steps you can take to help make your online accounts and social media more private and secure. This article gives some great tips on how to stay safe on the internet.

 

One thing you can do is make sure to use new passwords for every account you have. Reusing passwords just makes it easier for someone who has hacked one of your other accounts to get into everything else you have online.

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Another option is setting up Two-Factor Authentication. This means you would have to use a code to get into accounts when logging in on a new device. Usually the code is sent to your phone via text message and can only be used once. Each time you use a different device than the one you set as your trusted one, you’ll just repeat that process again. It doesn’t take long to set up and it’s a great way to keep people out of your account.

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A third way to stay private on the web is by using a password manager. Password managers help keep all of your passwords in one place, but they’re only accessible with a master password. You’re the only one who would be able to access it because you’d be the only one with the master password. Some password managers include Dashlane, 1Password, Keeper, and LastPass.

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It’s also good to think before you post. Once you put something on the internet, it’s basically there forever. Even if you delete things from social media, there’s a possibility that those deleted posts are backed up on that website’s server. This article has some tips on how to keep your digital footprint clean.

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Check each of your social media accounts for privacy and security options.

In the field of communication, it is especially important to make your profiles and other online sources professional. If an employer Googles you, you don’t want a post of you doing something regrettable to be the first thing that pops up. Your potential employer won’t be impressed and it could cost you some great opportunities in the future.

People in a democratic society expect their privacy to be kept in all aspects of life, including their online lives. When that privacy is breached, it causes a shift in trust and judgement. Some might direct their distrust to the government because they believe the government should be the ones maintaining privacy for its citizens. I think that true democracy works if the people do what is in their power to prevent breaches of security as well. There might be discourse over privacy violations, but the discourse will only get worse if we do not do what is necessary to protect our own privacy online. We’ve been given the right tools, so now we just need to use them.

 

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