Looking After Yourself When You Share Information Online
Do you share your personal information online without knowing the risks of cybercrime? This applies to those who work online, blog, create online content like YouTube, expose themselves on social media such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and online forums.
More and more of us are gradually sharing more and more information about ourselves online. It has become the norm nowadays.
The rise of blogging and social media means that letting the wider world in on our lives is pretty standard now. We talk about our likes and dislikes, our personal struggles and growth. We share our holidays, projects, and achievements.
There are all sorts of reasons for doing this. Some of us seek validation, to influence or some of us simply want to create a career from it. Others want to help those with similar personal circumstances that they may not understand yet.
Whatever your reasons for sharing personal information online, you should still be a little wary.
Important for Window Users!
Recently, Microsoft announced the risk of vulnerability in their system. This means that if you are using a Windows computer, you're more likely to have cyber attackers going through your computer and find your sensitive information for exploit.
That's why it's best to update your pc to the latest January 2020 security patch ASAP. If you haven't done so yet, do it now!
The Risk of Cyber Crime
Oversharing online can put you at risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime. Others may be able to take the information you put out there and use it for negative reasons. Such as:
- They could hack your online banking
- Access your accounts and post things under your name
- Access private files and leak them
- They could do a whole host of things you’d rather avoid.
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How to Avoid This?
The way to avoid this is to be aware of security threats and to take cybersecurity seriously. There are a whole host of different parts of cybersecurity you should be aware of and navigate carefully.
The infographic below will be able to guide you through cybersecurity and give you the best start when it comes to protecting yourself from cybercrimes.