Change your behaviour to protect your privacy online

By Jun.13, 2018

 

The most common way for your privacy to be breached online isn’t an unknown hacker. It’s your own behaviour.

This is the second in a series of blog posts about how to protect yourself online. (Read the first one here.)

Your own or other people’s online behaviour can breach your privacy.

If you’ve ever walked away from a shared computer without logging out of social media accounts or email, you’ve left yourself open to a breach of privacy. It’s like leaving the door of your house wide open.

Sharing inappropriate content about others on social media is another area that can have huge consequences. There are lots of stories in the media of people being sacked or failing to get a job because of inappropriate online comments. So now is a good time to start behaving online as you would want to in the future. Some students at the University of Salford – such as nurses and health care professionals, for example – are already bound by the codes of conduct of their future employers, and breaching these can have serious consequences.

Even if you behave impeccably online, other people may behave badly towards you. Someone might snoop maliciously in your accounts; or share your personal information.

Protect yourself in the following ways:

  • Log off your accounts when you’ve finished, especially on shared computers around the University or in public places.
  • Do not share your passwords with anyone else. Never reply to emails requesting your password, no matter how threatening or worrying the request seems to be.
  • Make sure your passwords aren’t guessable. Use strong passwords .
  • Respect other people’s privacy. Accessing or sharing someone else’s personal information online is not only hurtful but it can often have major reputational or even legal repercussions.
  • Treat others online as you’d like to be treated.

Next time: 3/4 hackers…

Previous posts: 1/4 Start Protecting Yourself

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