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5 tips to improve your privacy on social networks

5 tips to improve your privacy on social networks

Last week, JJ told them how we can improve the security of our Twitter account . Today we will go one step further and give some general advice on how we can improve our quickly, in the most popular social networking time. Some of these tips are basic, such as those related to the passwords, and some go a little further.

To devote a small portion of our day to increase our security, we will be protecting us from attacks, vulnerabilities, hacking and other mass. Do not forget that in this age of constant connection to our data are valuable assets for which many are willing to pay or get unholy ways.

1. Improve your password

JJ also, our local expert on at the time we spoke about different ways to improve our passwords . There are several ways to get the password of someone else, so we can not lose our opportunity to change periodically and make sure it can not be birlada by another person. How?

  • Use combinations of symbols and numbers, mixing various groups of characters. For example, is fine if you want to put Fido as your password because you’ll never forget the name of your dog, but use f1.d0
  • The best passwords are randomly generated. Therefore, it is recommended to use an online password generator that will definitely not be “guessed” by another person with minimal knowledge of our personal history
  • Many services we call a “secret question” that must answer to retrieve your password. Let’s try that responses are not too obvious.
  • Change your password regularly. Some systems require us to change our password after a certain period of time, but services like GMail let us always have the same password. Put a period of time after which you should change your password (eg, once every two weeks).

It’s amazing how many cases of people who see their accounts because they were raped passwords like “123456″ and the like. With danger lurking as social engineering must be very careful with our personal information.

2. Regulates applications installed

It happens to the best: install an application on Facebook or Twitter and forget it exists. If we do not receive notifications from a game farm we used two years ago, we forget about its existence. However, this application still has permission to access our data. Thus, the rule is simple: if we do not use the application should not have permissions on our own.

The third-party application development is essential for the growth of social networks and also creates an entire micro around them. Basically, we give you access to an application determines that a company is making money or not. It is also true that when you install an application, do not really know who you are giving permission to access our data.

After testing several applications in parallel accounts of Facebook (in which the activity of an application is marked as not using too much) I found my name in publications issued by applications that in turn gave them permission but then completely forgot. As much as I reported several times to these applications, Facebook took no action on the matter (I think that should receive more of these complaints a day, no doubt). Management applications social networking is fundamental to our security.

How can we regulate which applications have permission? To do this in Facebook, we have to go to Privacy Settings, to “ads, web sites and applications”, then select “Applications that use.” Here we find all we have installed and we can remove or edit permissions.

We can also block certain applications we think may be problematic. This can be done from the privacy settings in the management of locks

As for Twitter, we must also closely monitor applications. These permissions can send automatic direct messages, tweets machines, and more, so do not have to let other people access to something so important. To edit the permissions of the applications we have to enter Setup, and then to applications in the sidebar.

3. Use the safe navigation

This has to be essential not only when it comes to social networks. It never hurts to remember. It is best to have an anonymous browsing session, if we want a quick fix. In Google Chrome, you can create an incognito window, this is ideal when using computers work that someone else will come after us. To do this, we can go to the setup menu (the tool icon next to the navigation bar) or press the Ctrl + Shift + N.

Another important way to navigate safely through the protocol is HTTPS. On Twitter, as we showed JJ, we can activate the use of only through a secure connection. In Facebook you can also enable the use of SSL from the Settings panel.

4. A foreign aid

Of course, a good tip is to always disconnect when finished using a social network. However, the convenience of opening your browser and our Facebook already logueada has no name. Therefore, we use certain extensions that enable us to track what is being done to our information and who are trying to access our data.

For example, for Firefox users is a good option Do Not Track , an extension that allows us to opt out of being tracked by websites and particularly social networks. Also for Firefox, the extension Collusion allows us to see the others who are trying to track our movement on the web. In some cases you can turn off this tracking for added security.

5. Legal issues

To be finalized, all social networks have terms and conditions and saved a lot of angry users not in relation to privacy. To defend against a possible abuse of the companies, we must take into account what our rights and obligations. It can sometimes be a tall order, but suspect that something may be violating our privacy in social networks, we can review the terms to make things clear.

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