Thursday, January 21, 2016

How To Protect Yourself on Social Media



I am not an expert in an online security, but I do aware of its danger, especially for a blogger like us who are in the need of using a social platform such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It is not our problem to deal with this issue because obviously we have done nothing to harass others, or involved in risky activities. Yet, 'you will never know' what others are thinking. Behind, the online world is another story. Social media can be real, or fake, we know the purposes of using it, but we don't know what is the reason behind other accounts. I have heard cases when bloggers got hacked by someone they didn't not even know. It sounds like nobody's business, but it is still important to protect our privacy online too. Here are 6 methods I have been applied to my own social media. 


1.) PROVIDE EMAIL ADDRESS ON INSTAGRAM MAY NOT BE A GOOD IDEA


I understand that providing email on Instagram can be very handy for the PR to contact us, but it can be dangerous at the same time. I used to put my email address on my profile, but I have decided to delete it when I was told that 'others can track your information, location, and everything from just one email address' Instead, I have written 'For work, please contact via email' as potentially those who visit The Equinox Fashion Instagram's profile and want to get in touch, can look up my email address on my website. The guideline about privacy and safety on Instagram is clear, and you may want to read it for more information. 


2.) CHANGE THE PASSWORD REGULARLY


Think this way, if someone knows our password (though we have no idea who knows) they can access everything including email, or even other social media accounts. So, if we keep updating the 'strong password' then at least we can prevent this situation before it occurs. Remember cache, spam, and some viruses that can hack our information from just one password. 

3.) LINK THE PLATFORMS ALTOGETHER IS A RISK


I have never come across anyone who has a problem of syncing Facebook, Instagram and Twitter altogether, but personally I have always thought that it is quite risky. I know it is convenient to update everything in just one click, instead of logging in each platform again and again, but have a second thought about the problem that may happen. I don't know how, but I believe that if one of the channels get hacked (let say Facebook), then what will take it so long to hack Instagram after? As mentioned above, changing the password constantly may be able to protect the accounts. 

4.) NEVER CHECK IN THE LOCATION

For Facebook, it is fine as long as it is our own private account, but for the public account like Instagram, checking in the location can allow others to track where we are. I know this is not like a big serious issue for any of us, but think about those with 100K followers, they have fans, followers who may want to know where they are. You know there are normal fans, and those who obsess with the celebrities. They follow, and sometimes, it can be disturbing. 

5.) THINK BEFORE POSTING


Remember, there is no secret once it goes online. Everything we post on either Instagram or Facebook is automatically shared with millions of the users. Being sexy is alright, but it has to be limited (it is up to you!). Actually, it is fine to share whatever we want on social media, but what if there are some creepy users out there? One of my high school friends had a creepy stalker who followed her, and even knew where she lived. SCARY AF!

6.) USE DIFFERENT EMAILS 

For The Equinox Fashion, and its social media, I have used different emails. I mean, the accounts of this blog, and social platforms such as Instagram and Facebook are signed up differently. Why ? Just in case, if I come across the problem of the Twitter, it will not affect my other accounts. 


Like I said, these are the only methods I have used for my own protection since I feel like the online sphere can be uncertainty. It is better to aware of what is going on and keep the accounts safe instead of regretting later. 







19 comments :

  1. amazing advices, sweety;))) xoxo <3

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  2. Great advice! X

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  3. Great advice I change my password constantly also my location is shut off on my phone setting and in all my media.

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  4. These were such great tips - I've taken my email address off my Instagram account now after reading this post, I had never thought of the risk before! Have a lovely weekend Gail! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  5. Good tips, I can use the password change up here and there.

    Joua To The Rescue

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  6. Great look, I love your top! Also, very good advices :)
    xx

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  7. Thank you so much for the helpful tips, Gail! I've immediately deleted my email on Instagram since I've heard about the consequences of sharing own email address there as well. Cute sweater, Gail! <3

    xoxo Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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  8. Great tips Gail. It is a scary world. You look lovely.
    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-portrait-of-very-stylish-lady.html

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  9. Great advice, I love your jumper btw xoxo

    Cateaclysmic

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  10. awesome casual look dear :-)

    btw good advices :-)

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  11. the background really looks like tokyo! I just put my email on my instagram but maybe I'll take it down.. seems like lots of people are doing it though! thanks for the advice :)
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  12. Great post and awesome casual look dear. Great advice. I follow most of the things you have mentioned. :)

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  13. "Never check in the location" is so important I wish people would think about that more. Like with my instagram, I used to geotag them until I realised that you could literal pin point the exact place I posted from. Luckily, I never posted from my house otherwise I'd have that information all over the internet.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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  14. Awesome post! Very lovely photos too. Happy Monday to you! :)

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  15. Lovely look

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  16. You can never be too safe online these days. Great advice. I'll tag locations in my pictures because that usually leads to more engagement but I rarely do it when I'm still at that location.

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

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