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The manner people use the internet has changed drastically over a decade, and it has also really helped us to make things easier and faster. We can easily be in contact with numerous people through the internet either by using Social media services or e-mail services.

But, most of our information concerning our personal lives, businesses, and finances are always roaming about on the internet. There are lots of cyber criminals who are always monitoring people information and looking for away to use that information in order to steal vitals things or even use that to hack people’s account.  And it is very important to take steps that are essential to protect yourself from cyber criminals.

There many ways or tips and steps you can take to protect your identity information from cyber criminals on the internet. Most of these steps are easy and quick that won’t cost anything other than a few minutes of your time.

So we’ve outlined 10 tips you can use to protect your self from cyber criminals

1. Exclude all vital personal information from social media profiles

Your private details like your phone number, address, where you work and so many more are little bits of information that give hackers the information that they need to use. So make some vital information are not included in your social media profiles.

2. Use strong password

Having weak password that can be guessed easily (middle names, birthdays) for all your online accounts is a dangerous loop hole you should be concerned about. Even though the password is strong, it isn’t a good idea to use one password for all your accounts. The solution here is creating a strong password that you can easily remember and make sure your password has one or two characters. An example of a simple strong password that cannot be easily guessed or cracked is "[email protected]*". This makes it harder for cyber criminals to hack your account.

3. Be watchful of phishing emails

Phishing email is not a new thing cyber criminal’s use; it is one of the most used strategies by cyber criminals. They are becoming more complicated, because some emails might disguise to come from a secured place whereas it isn’t. When you take a closer look at some email address that the scam has come from, it will usually look similar to a legitimate one, or will have one letter changed. Some emails might request you to enter your accounts information or passwords in order to confirm whether you are the owner of the account. Don’t ever respond to emails with any account information or passwords. So delete any suspicious emails.

4. Refresh privacy settings on social media

A privacy option setting is always available on most social media.  The “friends only” privacy option should be used on your social media account. Always make sure you readjust your security settings when social media websites make changes to their own privacy settings in order to increase your online privacy and security.

5. Always turn off your phone GPS service

Always make sure your phone GPS location service is always off when not using your Map. So you will need to manually turn the GPS location services off. This will make sure that nobody is trailing or tracking your location. Of course, some apps will prompt you to turn the location services on in order for them to work more accurately, but this is normally not a necessity for using the apps. Also some apps are not from secure place, so make sure you ignore apps that you did not download when it prompt you to turn on GPS location or better still uninstall the suspicious app.

6. Make sure your Wi-Fi network is secured

Always make your Wi-Fi password is protected to the core. Always use a strong password that has 9 characters minimum which is mixed with symbols and numerical characters e.g. [email protected]#c*.  This makes it harder for hackers to hack your Wi-Fi password because it is mixed with alphanumerical and symbols characters, thus stopping hackers from connecting to your network and executing malicious activities while using your WiFi.

7. Make sure you use strong and up-to-date security software

This is one of the best ways to protect both your Phone and computer from malicious sites, software that tends to steal sensitive information. By doing this, it will protect your sensitive information. And also, numerous computers come with a firewall installed, but they are not always strong compared to third-party software. Firewalls and security software is a good method to prevent hackers from stealing sensitive information.

8. Always keep an eye on the https://

Always look out for the “s” at the end of the “http” for most of the sites you are visiting. The “s” at the end of http stands for secure. You don’t need to worry about it if you are not entering any vital information into it. So always ensure any website you are entering sensitive information into start with https.

9. Use login notifications

Most websites always provide the option that lets you receive a text message or emails any time an IP address not recognized tries to log in to your account. Although, this won’t prevent the hack, but it will give you a hints that someone is trying to have illegal access to your account. This is also a good way.

10. Use two-step authentication for your sensitive accounts

This is one of the best security measures people usually use to protect their accounts from accounts. Two-step authentication needs a second pin number to be entered when you log in to your account on a computer, so the second pin number will be entered on your phone. It is at times annoying and stressful, but it provides a guarantee that nobody will be able to hack into your account unless they also have your phone.

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