How to keep your digital identity safe

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<ul><li> 1. A short guide featuring some useful tips!HOW TO KEEP YOUR DIGITAL IDENTITY SAFE</li></ul> <p> 2. Staying connected with friends and family is easier than ever with social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Mastering these sites and learning how to use all the features is important, but more than that, there is a lot to be learned about using them appropriately. Use these top tips to keep your personal information safe and secure from falling into the wrong hands. 3. BE FRIENDS WITH FRIENDS Social media is the best platform to share stories, photos and experiences with your friends and family; thats the intended purpose.But, before accepting an unfamiliar friend request on Facebook and tweeting to unknown followers, stop. 4. BE FRIENDS WITH FRIENDS Making new friends is great, but you wouldnt go up to a stranger on the street and tell them details of your life and what your plans are for the next few weeks.If you have Twitter followers you dont know and you are sharing information about yourself, thats what youre at risk of doing. 5. BE YOUR OWN FOLLOWER Whether you are posting on Facebook, writing a blog post or sending a tweet with Twitter, think critically about what you are writing. 6. BE YOUR OWN FOLLOWER With every message you send out, ask yourself: is this engaging and interesting; would I want to read this? Make sure what you write is relevant to your friends and followers. Dont just write about yourself. But if you do, think about what message you are sending. 7. BE YOUR OWN FOLLOWER Short messages enter the world of social media often without context and with little emotional perspective. Even with the use of emoticons, emotions like sarcasm are difficult to express. 8. GOOGLE YOURSELF Just as you might Google the name of your friends or someone famous, its a good idea to keep track of your online presence. An easy way to do this is by Googling your name as mentioned in your homework.Find out where your name shows up and what information on social media platforms is available to the general public. Once you know whats out there, you can learn to manage your digital footprint. 9. SECURE SIGN-UPS Every time you go onto Facebook it seems like there is something new to sign up for. Online offers, promotions on T.V., and handouts at events all seem to ask you to sign-up for one thing or the other. 10. SECURE SIGN-UPS Before signing up, make sure you trust the company or organization that is asking for your information. Be careful with the information you give and look for the icon that shows you are on a secure site. Usually it is a padlock icon found near the top of the web server. The padlock icon indicates the site is SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certified. 11. SECURE SIGN-UPS Many sites will allow you to sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account. This is a quick and easy way to gain access but when you allow access, the two parties share information. So before you click approve, be confident in your choice. 12. CRACKING THE CODE You know the drill. A unique, more complicated and diverse password for every application and device is more difficult to crack. It might seem like too much unnecessary work, but if you misplace your tablet, you want to know all of your information is secure. 13. CRACKING THE CODE Besides, remembering complex passwords is good for your brain. Be sure to lock all your devices with passwords.After this presentation you will have the opportunity to test your password strength and try new combinations! 14. GO UNDERGROUND Turn Geotagging off. Geotagging identifies your exact location and attaches it to photos, posts, tweets and more. Many Smartphone's and social media applications Geotag automatically. While it might seem like fun to share with everyone where you are, do you really want all of your contacts to know where you are? This setting is typically turned on unless you turn it off. 15. MORE THAN 999 Know who to turn to in case of an emergency by keeping a list of emergency contacts in your Smartphone.While you want to memorize key numbers like your parents numbers in case something happens to your phone, a list of other numbers like your local police department, your school and other family members is good to keep in one place. 16. CHECK PRIVACY SETTINGS Make sure you know what information you are sharing on the websites you use, in particular on social networking sites.Most social networking sites have privacy settings to help you manage the content you share and who you share it with; you can decide if you want your posts to be shared with your online friends and followers only or with the public. Keep in mind that your friends content and their settings can also affect your digital footprint. 17. DEACTIVATE AND DELETE: When you stop using a social networking website, its a good idea to deactivate or delete your account. This will mean the content is no longer live and should not be searchable online; it will also remove the risk of these accounts being hacked without you knowing. 18. MAKE A POSITIVE FOOTPRINT: We hear a lot about the negative footprints left behind online. The best way to keep your online reputation and brand healthy is to use your time online to get creative and create a positive footprint. </p>