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‫ Privacy Tips for Mobile Devices and Social Networks

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     I.        INTRODUCTION

 

As we increasingly connect our lives to the Internet with new devices and apps, understanding how to control our privacy has become a greater concern. You can see the privacy tips for Mobile Devices and Social Networks in the following post.

 

   II.        Mobile

 

Here are some tips and questions you should ask to help you protect your privacy when using a mobile device.

 
What information does your smartphone have about you?

Smartphones store and transmit a wide range of personal data which third parties can access–including contact lists, pictures, browsing history, certain identifying information and stored location data. Secure your phone with a long, strong and unique password, security software and other privacy features.

 
Do you keep a clean machine?

Smartphones can be vulnerable to viruses and malware that can compromise personal information. Protect your phone with security software and by updating operating systems and apps.

 
Would you want a malicious people to see or read it?

Think before you text. Keep in mind how the message might be read before you send it. Be aware that texts can be forwarded.

 
Are you respecting others’ privacy?

Make sure you have someone’s permission before taking pictures or videos of them with your phone. What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.

 
Is the location service for your app necessary?

Many applications do not need geo-location enabled in order to provide the service. Opt-out of the location service feature on your phone. Own your online presence - It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.

 
Are you savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots?

Limit the type of business you conduct on your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi hotspots and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine. Wi-Fi hotspots are convenient but can leave you vulnerable to intrusion.

 
 

 III.        Social Networking

 

Here are some tips and questions you should ask to help protect you when using social networking sites.

 
Do you own your online presence?

You don’t have to rely on “recommended” settings or default settings. Learn about the controls available and make your own decisions. It's okay to limit with whom you share your information. It is okay to not accept a friend request.

 
Do you know who will see what you post?

Consider who may have access to your profile: family, friends, friends of friends, your school, college admissions officers, and potential employers? Set the privacy and security settings to your personal comfort level for information sharing.

 
Did you know your online reputation can help you?

Create a strong, positive personal brand online for yourself online. Show your smarts, thoughtfulness, and mastery of the digital environment. This can help you with school admissions and during job searches.

 
Did you know your online reputation can hurt you?

What you post will be around for a long time. Think ahead and evaluate if what you post today is what you will want people to know about you in the future.

 

Did you know your privacy is only as protected as your least reliable friend allows it to be?

When you choose to share information with anyone in your networks, they can easily forward it or post. Make sure they will handle your information with care and trust. Avoid sharing compromising photos and information.

 
Is your password long, strong and unique?

Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols in a unique password for each online account. Passwords are personal information that should not be shared.

 

Do you know what information you should not share on a profile page?

Your phone numbers, home address, full date of birth, travel plans, email address, class schedules, social security number, passwords, family financial information, bank or credit card numbers shouldn’t appear on your profile.

 

Do you know that your friends trust you with their information?

Post only about others what you would have them post about you. It’s the golden rule.

 
Reference:

http://www.staysafeonline.org/

 

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