4 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Privacy Online

If, ahem, you’re like us, we know you’re not going to read the entire T&Cs, but here are a few quick ways to bump up your security.

1. Say “No” to friend finder

When a site offers to “help you find friends,” say “No, thank you!” That’s like handing them your entire contacts book on a platter. Importing contacts manually helps you keep control of who knows what about your friends and connections.

2. Self-censor

It’s hard taking the time to edit yourself before posting since social media encourages rapid responses, quick uploads, and off-the-cuff commenting, but a quick checking back over a post before hitting send could save you trouble later on. Slow down a little bit and think, is it worth it?

3. Be more cynical

An app like Snapchat might tell you your pics are deleted after five seconds. But a hacker group in the US recently discovered that everything posted on Snapchat can be found if you know where to look. When it comes to tech companies, assume the worst.

4. Turn off tagging

Sure it’s fun, says Wilson, but facial recognition is one of the biggest personal space-invaders. Snaps you didn’t take and would never post have a way of finding you, if you let yourself be tagged. Switch it off, and don’t tag others without asking them.

Credit: Meg Mason

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