Use two-factor authentication
Also known as multi factor authentication (MFA), is an authentication method in which the user is granted access after entering a special code as well along with your password. Most of the websites like Google, Facebook, Twitter etc have the option to enable this. It works beautifully in protecting your account even if someone gets the access to your password.
Some people might find this irritating and too time consuming but if you are serious about privacy, you should activate it.
Use Private Browsing
Private Browsing, Privacy Mode or Incognito Mode is a privacy feature provided by some of the web browsers which disables the browsing history and web cache. So if you don’t want someone with the physical access to your system to see what you are doing or where you are hanging out online, you should enable it.
All the companies online, needs your data and wants to know what you are surfing. Most of these companies rely on the revenue from advertisement. So they track your preferences, visits and demographic information.
You can also use a VPN or web proxy to hide your IP address information as well
Manage your Privacy Settings
Check your privacy settings in all the social media platform and make sure that you are sharing your information with family and friends only. These settings could change from time to time with updates. So you should keep checking them regularly to make sure that you are safe.
Also, be selective in adding friends and followers on the social media platforms. They could steal your valuable information.
Don't enable Auto Login
Make sure that you don’t have your apps set to automatically log you in and that you don’t have your computer’s browser “remember” your login and password. That way if someone does get access to your devices, they can’t automatically access your social sites.
Keep unique passwords and change them regularly
Choose hard-to-guess passwords that are at least eight characters long and a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, and change them regularly. Also make sure you use different passwords for each account.
Be cautious while clicking on links
Even if they’re from friends. Hackers prey on social networks because you are more likely to click on something from your friends. Also be wary of offers with the word “free” in them, or ones that sound too good to be true, as they usually are.
Be suspicious of anyone who asks for your personal information online and never share your personal details like home address, phone number etc.
Close old accounts that you do not use
Don’t risk leaving personal data in an old account, such as a MySpace page you haven’t used in years, or on an online dating site you no longer need. Instead, close the accounts you don’t use and delete as much personal information from them as possible.
Always remember that Internet is permanent. Whatever you put up on it, it will stay there forever. Even if you delete the account, you don’t know whether someone has copied/printed your text or photo. Social media accounts are powerful tools in the wrong hands. Stay Alert! Stay Safe!