Tips for protecting yourself on the Internet

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE/WLFI) – In just days, kids in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho will be out of school, many looking for a job, some extra spending money, or for their first job as a career.

Before you start applying, experts say what’s out there in the digital world could potentially harm you.

Those statuses you share on Facebook, online surveys, applications or registries can put you at risk.

It all comes down to protecting your identity. Experts say sometimes we don’t think about what we share on the internet or what’s shared about us, especially on social media sites.

Experts suggest limiting what you divulge on social media. If you share too much about your life, someone could use it to answer security questions, or even break into your home while you’re on vacation.

They also say if you don’t know someone that well, think twice about being their “friend” on social media sites.

“The best place to prevent that from getting out is simply not to give it out in the first place. When organizations ask for information, be very stingy with what you give. Be very careful what you put on social media,” said Eugene Spafford, a cyber-security expert.

Here’s a few more tips:

Don’t just automatically share your social security number. Question why it’s required.

Keep your internet secure. Look for that little “lock” icon on the web browser.

Finally, use strong passwords. Experts suggests thinking of a phrase and using the first letter of each word as the password.

Curious about what’s out there about you online? Do a quick search. If any information about you is incorrect, you can contact the organization or sometimes simply make the corrections yourself.

WLFI News 18 contributed to this report.

 

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