Tips On How To Be Cyber Secured

We always hear experts say that in today’s cyber-age, it is NOT always enough to just simply review your privacy settings every three months and create a strong password. Why? Simply because these cyber criminals do that too – they are wiser in being able to obtain data from people. So, aside from being vigilant, here are few more tips on how to be secured while being active online.

  • Never post any identification numbers and travel documents as we would not want to end up victims of identity theft.
  • Do not give away home, school and office addresses that may cause security harm.
  • Avoid sharing or posting eye-catching pictures of your properties and rich possessions.
  • Do not divulge information to people you only met online.
  • Refrain from sharing your exact location.
  • Set your social media account posts (as much as possible) to either private or friends only.
  • Deactivate the social media accounts you are not using.
  • Protect your password resets. You can turn on the feature where you are required to enter a personal information to successfully reset the password.
  • Do not underestimate how much your browser’s cache knows about you, clear it often.
  • Lastly, add two-factor verification. This is available for you to set up in most online accounts now.

My Instagram account has been hacked recently. My account has been used to like and follow people I do not know. I was looking for a particular image I have liked in the past and that is when I found out about it – I saw likes that I can’t even recall to have made. I had to change my password immediately and turned on the two-factor verification feature. When someone else tries to login to my Instagram account  this time, a 6 digit code has to be entered. Who else has the code but me only, because it will be sent to my mobile number. My Instagram profile being hacked somehow scared me and I also kind of felt angry and dismayed. I had to unlike a lot of images and videos – I’m not done yet actually, really upsetting.

I do hope that these tips would help you all. It is also best to refrain by being too excited in using and sharing but take time to also explore and learn more about the applications we are using. Be safe online every time, everyone!

Instagram Feature By Little Moments App

I got so hyped when I learned that I have been picked and featured by Jen of @littlemomentsapp  in the theme “clouds” from @fatmumslim ‘s Photo A Day Challenge. The excitement was high I had to share the post by Jen @love_wednesday in my own IG account and in Facebook too. Pardon that excitement I mentioned as it was the first time I got featured. Haha!

Here is the Fab Four for the “clouds” theme last March 14. It would be great if you could also check out and follow the other three Instagrammers featured.

If I recall it correctly, I was a day late in posting my entry for the theme but maybe because the photo of my daughters is quite nice, I got in the Fab Four. I have been on and off in participating in the FMS Photo A Day Challenge in the past years but I am proud that this year, I have not skipped any theme yet… yes! Really hoping I could continue this no-skip streak for the entire year. Thanks to my daughter @iam_k23 as she helped me with a number of themes or prompts with her photos she allowed me to use. She was able to explore Manila during their class field trip and having a better phone camera of course, she took a lot of photos. I really mean a lot. Too many that when she shared it to me through Bluetooth, my phone’s memory got really occupied. I have to really curate all of the photos she shared though and also remembers to give her the credits whenever I use them in Instagram.

Having been able to be part of the Fab Four, I am but inspired to snap more hopefully-beautiful-photos and share it in my Instagram account, not to boast but to express and maybe inspire too.

Image credit: FatMumSlim

Up is the list of prompts and hashtags for the entire month of April. Join us this April in FatMumSlim’s Photo A Day Challenge. See how you can also challenge and express yourself through the photos you share in Instagram.