1. STUDY THE PRIVACY POLICIES
Many people were upset when they learned that some big-name social media sites basically sell their information to advertisers and monitor their web activity. If you read through most privacy policies, it is clearly outlined what the site's intentions are.
2. DOESN’T REPLY TO SPAMMERS!
Some of those spam e-mails are getting pretty convincing, so be careful about who you’re responding to. If it seems too vague, chances are that something is wrong. If it seems too good to be true, chances are that it is.
3. MAKE A JUNK E-MAIL
We all have one of those. Sometimes you find your way to a site that nags you for an e-mail in order to read an entire article or get full access to the site. It’s a hassle to get these e-mails sent to your personal e-mail.
4. KNOW YOU'RE BEING WATCHED AT WORK
Think that just because your name is on your desk that everything in your office is private? Think again. Your computer usage at work is likely being monitored to ensure you’re all not just watching YouTube videos all day when you’re supposed to be working.
5. CLEAR BROWSING HISTORY
Clearing your history reduces the amount you are tracked online. It also keeps people from visiting the sites you’ve been to on a shared computer.
(Picture: Deleting my browser history almost makes me feel like I never cyber-stalked you in the first place)
6. FRIENDS ONLY
Switch your Face book out to the “friends only” view. This way only approved people on your friend's list can see your interests and what you’ve posted.
7. DON'T GIVE OUT YOUR ADDRESS
You may not think you’ve ever done this before but if you update your Face book or some other social media sites with a location tag, you are basically posting your address for the world to see.
8. USE THE "PUBLIC" SETTING
Always remember to use the “public” setting on your computer when connecting to an outside network.
9. PASSWORD PROTECT EVERYTHING
Have a password to protect all of your devices such as your phone, tablet, and computer. This way if it happens to fall into unwelcome hands, they won’t be able to get into it.
10. ALWAYS SIGN OUT
Reading Face book hacks is funny and makes it even more ridiculous that people still forget to sign out of their accounts. Always sign out of e-mail, social media and anything else you don’t want people gaining access to!
11. PAY WITH CASH
Your credit card, debit card and checks all keep track of purchases made in different locations. This is great for bill tracking but sometimes you make purchases you don’t want your banker judging you for!
12. NEVER CARRY YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
This seems like a no brainer, but the top three items people report having stolen along with their purses or wallets are credit/debit cards, their license, and Social Security cards.
13. ENCRYPT YOUR COMPUTER
Encrypting your computer simply means that someone has to have your Password to look at the contents of your hard drive.
14. 2-STEP VERIFICATION
Thanks to this handy Gmail Feature, one would need your password and access to your phone in order to get into your e-mail. It makes modern hacking pretty close to impossible.
15. USE AN IP MASKER
If you don’t want to leave a footprint on every website you visit, use an IP Masker that would make it harder for a hacker to access your computer.