Your Social Media can be the biggest source of Personal Information being misused, learn how to protect it below;
You do not have to completely lock down an account if you do not wish to (especially for IG and Twitter) However, it’s important to make sure all location identifying information is removed from your public profile and photos. Some folks even go as far as putting a fake last name on their social media’s to help throw off the scent.
It is very important, especially on Facebook, that you set your friends list to ‘only me’. This way, not only are you protecting other Habbo friends you may have on your list, but you’re also giving anyone who has your information fewer people to share it with.
Here, we see this Instagram profile is private and the sharing and activity statuses are off. Another feature you may want to turn off is direct messaging unless you both are following each other. This can prevent the use of spammy links that will give you a virus to obtain your password!
Secondly, and most importantly, DO NOT CLICK ANY LINKS YOU DO NOT RECOGNIZE. If it seems fishy, it probably is.If you do not know where a link goes or have any suspicion go to : http://www.urlvoid.com and type the link in to get the background information on it. You can scroll down and view reports on the site and if there is malware detected on the site. Please still proceed with caution even if it is a legitimate link, if it’s from someone you do not know they could be trying to log your IP and location.
You can use a VPN service to access sites if you do not wish to compromise your IP. Additionally, you can download the browser Opera (https://www.opera.com/) which has a built in VPN (must be enabled first).
If you believe your IP address has been compromised, you can easily change it. This is a great article and resource for why you would want to and how to do so (https://www.lifewire.com/change-your-ip-address-818150)
Thirdly, if you are a social butterfly like myself, you probably enjoy doing group calls on discord or skype. However, adding people you do not know well into calls can result in a bad time. To gather information over calls, people can wireshark your calls to get location, IP, and other, identifying information. Please note this can be done over Skype with just the username, not even having to be in a call. Just be weary of adding random to calls.
And lastly, just use your best judgement! If you ever have a question about someone or notice someone that you know acting differently, PLEASE REPORT IT. Let EOP/DoD know about it and what is going on and they will handle it from there. Do not put yourself in harms way!