4 easy steps to protecting your online privacy

Protecting your privacy

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We know the risk of a privacy breach in our lives is possible, but how probable is it?

You may think protecting your privacy online requires so many steps and is such a hassle that it isn't worth the effort.  WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton says it is worth the effort and the process does not have to be overwhelming.

She offers what she calls the "Fabulous 4".  They are her easy steps to securing your online privacy.  She said you can get them done faster than you can make a purchase from your favorite store online.

Her "Fab 4" follow:

1. NEVER EVER talk about your High school or College mascot online or use it in security questions or passwords

"What high school did you go to?" is a very common security question!  If you share your mascot, that's a piece to the puzzle to guess where you are from.

Tip:  when security questions ask you to fill an answer, pick an answer you can remember but that is something else then what they asked.  For example:   What high school did you go to?  Could be answered with "the school of hard knocks" or "Superman bootcamp".

2.  NEVER EVER use the same email for both your bank account and social media.  EVER.

Social media accounts may reveal your email address and you don't want that to be how thieves get into your life.

3. KEEP OUT THE SNOOPS!  Your email services, most social media accounts, and other apps should allow you to use "2 factor authentication" which is usually user id, password and a code sent to your mobile phone.  Use that every chance you get!

4.   I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE (within 300 feet)  Taking and uploading pictures?  Turn off geocodes or check your privacy settings on your social media or photo sharing site.

Example:  Instagram's Photo Map feature provides a fun way to look back at all of the cool places you have visited. You can tag it with a location name or it may fill out your GPS coordinates.

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