I never really thought about security and privacy online. I know when you put yourself out there, you are susceptible to identity theft or being hacked, but I guess it’s one of those times when you think you are immune to such things.
The article titled “Three Essential Steps to Make Yourself More Hack-Proof” is an eye-opener to things that I’ve never considered when signing up for Facebook, Instagram or online banking. It is a good idea not to reuse passwords and it is also a good idea not to let people know you reuse passwords. The writer also talked about two-factor authentication. In his own words, “basically, it just means that when someone tries to log into an account from a new location (a different computer, a different phone, whatever) they also have to enter a code that’s sent to a trusted device. This usually means that you’ll get some sort of text message with a six-digit number you have to enter if you want to, say, log into Facebook from a computer in the library (bad idea!).” The last thing mentioned in the article was password manager.
I think everyone who has an account online should be wary of putting information online, but people who are communication majors, like myself, should be especially careful online because our jobs are basically online. We have to put ourselves out there. I may have a job one day as a blogger and this would be my office. It would be online and that makes me even more susceptible to being hacked.