Most of us can agree that we don’t want our personal data falling into other people’s hands. This may seem like an obvious concept, but with the amount of data we regularly share online, it’s not such an uncommon occurrence that our information is wrongfully passed onto others. In this clever video published by Facebook Security, we learn how to nip scams in the bud and prevent others from tricking us into sharing personal information.
In order to keep your personal data secure, make sure to practice the following:
- Shred all personal documents before throwing them away. This is especially important when dealing with bank statements and bills.
- Be mindful of what you post on social media and other online forums.
- Choose your passwords carefully. Keep them diverse and don’t use the same password for each of your accounts.
- Use security software on all of your devices and make sure that it’s up to date.
How to spot a hacker before it’s too late? As the video’s narrator warns, “Beware of anyone requesting your personal data or money, whether over the phone, via email or online. They may pretend to be a romantic interest, a family member in trouble, or even a foreign prince – odds are, they’re not.”