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Why updating your chat apps matters

Don’t be fooled by a false sense of security. Sure, swapping texts for internet-based chat apps like WhatsApp might feel like you’ve upgraded your safety, but vulnerabilities lurk even in the most encrypted fortresses. Remember that recent WhatsApp snafu where malware slipped through the cracks? It’s a stark reminder that “bulletproof” isn’t always what it’s […]

Facebook phantom logins: ghost busting for your account

Ever feel like an unseen presence is lurking on your Facebook, like a digital presence scrolling through your memories? Well, it might not be ghosts, but lingering logins. Remember that work computer you used last week? Or the friend’s phone you borrowed for Instagram? Those forgotten logins can be open doors for unwanted visitors to […]

Implement privacy settings on social media

Seemingly minor details can be pieced together by cybercriminals to exploit your identity and aid other forms of cyberattacks. So, to take digital minimalism one step further, consider the privacy settings of your social media accounts. Regularly review and adjust your privacy settings on all platforms, yet with a particular focus on accounts that contain […]

Conduct a periodic security audit of your social media profiles

By conducting regular audits on each of your social media accounts, look to review privacy settings, update passwords, ensure two-factor authentication is functioning properly and remove any suspicious connections. As cybercriminals commonly leverage public social media information, these routine checks strengthen your digital security and protect your personal information from potential breaches and attacks.

Be cautious when sharing personal information with online surveys or quizzes.

Scammers may use fake surveys to collect personal data for the purpose of identity theft or fraud, therefore, exercise caution when participating in online surveys or quizzes that request personal information. Always verify the credibility and legitimacy of the website or application before sharing any data, and avoid providing sensitive details like your social security […]

Avoid oversharing on social media

While social media is made for sharing, ensure that the information you publicly release doesn’t unnecessarily expose you to cyber risks. Avoid posting personal information like your full address, phone number, birth date or financial details, as such information can be exploited by malicious actors. Refrain also from sharing your vacation plans in real-time, as […]