It’s a scary jungle out there on the internet. Anonymous bullying and trolling abound and even personal files of public figures ‘leaking’ to the public in droves.
If all these have made you consider giving up the internet altogether, do not fret. Here a 4 easy steps you can take to avoid your personal data leaking out
Avoid Weak Passwords
A bulk of the time people’s personal accounts or data are compromised on the internet, it usually comes down to weak passwords like – “ilovejesus”, “123456” or — if your name is Chineye — “chigirl4real”. Avoid weak passwords like this.
You can always use this online password strength checker to determine how strong your password is.
Delete, delete and delete
Even if you believe your recipient is trustworthy enough, the stranger who is lucky enough to have direct access to your device may not be so benevolent.
Do not share in the first place
If you don’t want them leaking, do not share them in the first place at all. Technology can only go as far as protecting your private data, if it already fell in the wrong hands in the first place.
Disable cloud syncing
If you don’t want them out there on the internet, don’t share them. Lots of people are sharing personal photos everyday without knowing them. And it’s not just iCloud accounts. Apps like Dropbox and Google Photos are, by default, syncing all photos taken on your device, without your knowledge. You want to disable auto-syncing so you can manually choose what to sync. There’s also the option of uninstalling these apps or avoiding “the cloud” altogether.
Do you know any other useful tips for protecting online privacy? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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