If you are reading this, there’s a strong likelihood that you are worried about maintaining and protecting your online privacy.
Or perhaps you are someone who constantly frets over the possibility of negative online feedback from customers?
Or maybe you’re part of a big team or handle sensitive personal information that’s intertwined with emotional family connections?
If any of these situations ring true, it’s about time you gave serious thought to how you disclose your personal information on the internet.
The internet makes it easy to find just about anyone you want to locate. What if you want to remain private? You have the right to keep your personal information away from strangers who might bother you or invade your privacy.
You can’t always hide your work-related details, such as your professional email, work phone number, or LinkedIn profile. Although, you can protect your personal details, such as your cell phone number, home address, personal email address, and other basic information.
To keep your personal information safer, follow these steps:
Be sure to recheck and switch any social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any others you may use, to private.
Once your accounts are private, if you really want to maintain anonymity when it comes to strangers online, change your profile photo to a non-identifiable one.
Use a photo where you can’t see your face, and don’t use a picture of you with your family – that makes it even easier. Many people change their Facebook cover photo to a family photo and never change it again. Cover photos are automatically set to public for the world to see, so use a photo you’ve taken of some scenery while on a trip – something that isn’t identifiable to you.
It is shockingly easy to find people online, especially on social media, if you have their full name. Be sure your (private) Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts don’t display your full name. Maybe opt for your first and middle name, initial, or nickname.
On Facebook, make sure you’ve changed both your name on your account and your username. Your username is the URL when you’re on your Facebook profile, and many people don’t remember that their username contains their full name.
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Make sure across all platforms, you change both the display name and your username if that’s an option.
If you want to protect your online privacy and security, you might consider using a removal service that can help you delete your personal data from hundreds of sites and prevent hackers from exploiting your information.
While no service promises to remove all your personal data from the internet, having a removal service can be effective if you want to constantly monitor and automate the process over a longer period of time.
Create strong passwords for your accounts and devices, and avoid using the same password for multiple online accounts. Consider using a password manager to securely store and generate complex passwords. It will help you to create unique and difficult-to-crack passwords that a hacker could never guess. Second, it also keeps track of all your passwords in one place and fills passwords in for you when you’re logging into an account so that you never have to remember them yourself. The fewer passwords you remember, the less likely you will be to reuse them for your accounts.
In today’s digital age, you must reassess how you share personal information online to protect your privacy. By making social media accounts private, updating privacy settings, using non-identifiable profile photos, and considering name changes, you can maintain anonymity. Investing in removal services can also help automate the process of removing personal information from the internet, reducing the risk of unauthorized access.
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