Mendoza: More tips on loving yourself online

RAYMUND Liboro, Commissioner of the National Privacy Commission, a government agency that serves as the country’s privacy watchdog; an independent body mandated to administer and implement the Data Privacy Act of 2012, and to monitor and ensure compliance of the country with international standards set for data protection introduced to the delegates of the National ICT Summit the 30 tips to love yourself online.

This Corner is publishing the second set of 10 and will place the last 10 next week because of lack of space.

Here are more of the tips, in addition to what we shared last week:

Clean up your Facebook Third-Party Applications. While they are a fun way to find games or see which celebrity you look like, third-party apps on Facebook can and too often send your personal data to at least 25 outside data companies, so it is definitely a good idea to remove permissions from unnecessary ones.

Clean up your Facebook Groups. The more Facebook groups you join — especially the big, open ones — the more likely you are vulnerable to identity thieves. Other members within these groups are not restricted from viewing your primary data.

Set up your Facebook Privacy Settings. Setting your Facebook privacy protects your content from predators, stalkers, and identity thieves.

Not everyone has to know what you’re doing every minute of the day, especially if it’s information on your vacation details or bank accounts.

Unfriend Facebook friends you don’t know personally. With too many people’s names, birth dates, education, and work history available online, bogus accounts can easily duplicate a person you may know or want to be friends with.

These bogus accounts can target you for identity theft, malicious links, or spam attacks.

Update your Facebook Timeline and Tagging Settings. Sure, you can untag yourself from unwanted, unrelated, or embarrassing posts and photos, but for things like this, prevention is always preferred.

Set up your Timeline and Tagging so that you can have an immediate say on what does and does not make it on your page.

Don’t be too public. While sharing details about your life can be fun and exciting, there are just some things you should never, ever share on social media like home address, vacation details, ticket numbers, and the layout of your house should always be kept private.

Check and clean up your spam folder. Be wary of e-mails that come from people you don’t know, contain misspellings (i.e. ‘p0rn’ with a zero) designed to fool spam filters, makes an offer that seems too good to be true, or contain attachments like .exe files.

Be wary of phishing emails. Phishing criminals typically send emails to thousands of people, pretending to come from banks, credit card companies, online shops and auction sites to trick you into going to a fake site and entering your personal information.

Avoid using work e-mail addresses for personal matters. If you are working, keep in mind that company e-mail addresses are typically controlled by your IT people so it’s best to keep personal matters outside of work.

Moreover, your work-email address is usually an easy target for spam and viruses, especially if it’s listed in your company website.

Unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters. Unsubscribing from the newsletter you had to sign up for two years ago to get a free item would do wonders for your e-mail inbox and for the safety of your personal information.


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