Social media is a large part of today’s society. It’s the way we stay connected with loved ones far away, make new business contacts and share our brand with the world. Whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or via a personal or professional blog, you are bound to leave a social fingerprint somewhere on the world wide web. But will this fingerprint lead an intruder into your home? Have you shared too much? Exposed your loved ones to the risk of a cyber criminal from accessing your computer? Knowing how to protect your computer and personal information is vital to keeping your family safe! Who has your back?
This week my security was tested! If you know me, you know that my cell phone is an extended part of my body. There is rarely an instant when I don’t have my cellphone in hand. I use it to take once-in-a-lifetime pictures of my children, stay connected to my sisters’ who live far away and keep tabs on my blog and social media sites. This week I absently clicked on a link on one of my social media sites and right away I knew I was in trouble. I attempted to stop the site from opening but by then it was too late. Immediately, there was no change to my phone, but over the next few days I began noticing strange aps and pop ups that I had never seen before. After replying “No I don’t want to play poker” for the tenth time, I began realizing that maybe my phone was affected. Luckily, my dad, aka my computer brain, was over and we were able to scan for viruses (which we found one!) and remove all threats from my phone. Although nothing was compromised, it made me think deeply about my online safety.
The first thing I did was install the ESET Mobile Security for Androids on my phone. It was easy to install and only took a few minutes to set up. I love that it is a simple program to use (for non computer savvy people, like me) but does the job of a complex program. The interface is amazing. Not only does it provide an Antivirus program (which apparently I really needed!), a malware scan in real time, and detection of unwanted apps, but it also provides a unique Anti theft feature.
Having kids, I’m always dragging around a lot of stuff (i.e. purse, phone, diaper bag, toy of the day, etc.). There has been many times when I’ve gotten up to leave a restaurant only to get to the door and realize I’ve left my phone behind. Can you imagine? Your pictures, personal information, and social media access in the hands of stranger? Can you imagine the damage that could cause? ESET has you protected!
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ESET’s Anti Theft feature can help by:
- Protecting your personal information like usernames, passwords, banking information or credit card details with Anti-Phishing.
- Remotely locate and lock your stolen device or sound a siren to help find your phone.
- Uninstall Protection which keeps you in control! With one password, you can prevent the app’s security settings.
How to stay safe
Here are 4 tips for staying safe on social media sites:
1. Be careful what you share – Sharing too much personal information can be very risky and provide a gateway into your life. Everyone loves updating their Facebook status. If you updated your status saying you would be out of town for the next week, you could be setting up your house for a possible break in.
2. When in doubt don’t open it – Whether it be a pop up, a link on Facebook or an email, if you don’t trust who sent it, don’t open it. Malware and viruses are easily transmitted from computer to computer this way. If you think the link may be safe, try Googling the subject of a link or type a website’s main URL into a browser instead of clicking the link.
3. Keep check of your privacy settings – As technology continually changes, so does social media applications. Just because you originally set your account to private lock down, doesn’t mean months later you are still secure. Constantly review your privacy settings on social media to ensure optimal protection. ESET offers a great post to explain how to ensure your Facebook profile is secure.
4. A Post lasts forever – Posting something on the internet is like carving it in stone. Even if you delete it, someone somewhere may have seen it or saved it. Whenever you right something on the internet, make sure it something you want to be remembered for. You never know who’s reading, a future boss, a friend or even your MOTHER!
I have been using ESET on my computer for over a month now and on my cellphone for a week. I am very impressed with the warnings, prompts and constant reviews of my systems that ESET provides. With ESET, I can relax and enjoy the internet knowing that ESET has my family and I protected! Who has your back against cyber threat?
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