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How You Can Protect Yourself Online

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In today’s digital age, staying safe online is really important, especially with so many hackers out there trying to steal our information. There are some simple but effective ways to protect ourselves. First off, making strong passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols is super important. It’s like having a strong lock on your front door. Most online accounts have the option to turn on Two-Factor Authentication to make sure that no one else can access your account and invade your privacy. Turning on Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is important because it adds another layer of security, like having a secret code only you know.

Keeping our devices and software updated is like fixing any holes in our digital fence, making it harder for hackers to get in. We also need to be careful of phishing emails that try to trick us into giving away our personal info. Most hackers who send you phishing links are aiming to make it seem like they’re trying to help you, but in reality they are not. This is why you should be careful when accounts that you don’t know are sending you messages or links. When using public Wi-Fi, many can see and access what you’re doing, this is why its important to use a virtual private network (VPN) to prevent others from invading your privacy.

On social media, it’s important to be mindful of what we share. Just like we wouldn’t tell a stranger where we live, we shouldn’t share personal info like our address or phone number online. Setting our privacy settings is helpful because it’s main goal is to help keep unwanted visitors out. We should also be careful about who we accept as friends and what links we click on, as some can lead to trouble.

Monitoring our accounts for any unusual activity is like checking for footprints around our home – it helps us spot if someone’s been snooping around. And it’s always a good idea to read the privacy policies on social media platforms to know how our information is being used and what we can do to protect it. Some companies take advantage of users not reading the privacy policies and include things in those policies which most people would usually not agree to.By taking these steps, we can make sure we’re safe and secure both online and on social media, just like locking our doors and windows to keep our homes safe from intruders.

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Hassan Ibnaouf
Hassan Ibnaouf, staff writer

My name is Hassan Ibnaouf, and this is my first year in journalism. I am a junior at Page and 16 years old.

I wanted to do journalism because I wanted to find more hobbies that could let me be creative. I enjoy watching sports and shows online. When I want to relax I tend to play video games. In the future I plan on going to college.

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