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How To Stay Safe While Being Social

How to Stay Safe While Being Social

People happily share their private information online, building robust libraries that can easily become a one-stop goldmine for fraudsters.

It’s not exactly the intention everyone has when they sign up, as the whole point of Facebook is to share your life with your friends.
It hooks us into a global community and the experience does depend on us making certain privacy sacrifices.

So how do you balance being social with staying safe?

People happily share their private information online, building robust libraries that can easily become a one-stop goldmine for fraudsters.

It’s not exactly the intention everyone has when they sign up, as the whole point of Facebook is to share your life with your friends. It hooks us into a global community and the experience does depend on us making certain privacy sacrifices.

So how do you balance being social with staying safe?

On Facebook alone, the average person shares 13 pieces of personal information ranging from a fairly innocent name/email combo, all the way to mothers maiden name and home address.

It doesn’t sound like a lot, but those 13 pieces have the power to unravel your life within minutes.

Even checking in at home or a favorite location has become the norm, helping to create a multi-dimensional online identity. The details are available to anyone who cares to look, whether they’re a friend keeping in the loop, or someone with a much darker agenda.

The problem is, you just don’t know who’s looking at your profile or why.

For example, someone could try accessing your email account by clicking the ‘Forgot password’ link. The email service follows its security rules and asks identifying questions like ‘which high school did you go to? What is your pet’s name?’ Unfortunately, the most common identifying checks and answers are probably available on Facebook.

Once your email address is compromised, hackers can use that to break into other services and go through, clicking ‘Reset Password’ on site after site, account after account – they have full access to your email, so there’s nothing stopping them from emptying your bank accounts – or worse.

7 Ways To Secure Your Facebook Without Missing Out on the Fun

  • Begin by previewing your profile as others see it
  • Review what should and should not be visible to strangers
  • Consider only sharing partial details, like birth day and month, but not the year
  • Only ever ‘Friend’ people you know and trust
  • Be wary of duplicate or ‘odd’ friend behavior – hackers will often clone or hack a friend’s profile and initiate an urgent and uncharacteristic request for money
  • Update your past privacy settings too
  • Set default future sharing to ‘friends only’

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Dan Tunstall 16/06/2020

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Excellent service, friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff! Will come again!

Hannah Furlong 21/10/2020

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I visited the store today and just wanted to say how polite and helpful the staff were!
They were really informative and patient.
I work long hours and they were able to look at my laptop within hours of me dropping it off so the issue was resolved on my day off!
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Anonymous 14/05/2020

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Extremely helpful, informative and very patient. Will definitely use again and happy to recommend to others. Great to find such good customer service.

S. Godrich 19/06/2020

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Fast efficient and friendly service
Fast efficient and friendly service, put my mind at ease and got the job done for a great price. Would definitely use again.

Anonymous 03/09/2021

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Water spilt on MacBook
Came here after being told by pc world that I would need to buy a new computer as mine would cost as much as a new computer. After leaving my computer I got a call a few weeks later that I would only have to pay £35 diagnostic charge as the damage was minimal.

Don Briscoe 15/01/2021

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Really good service and work on laptop…
Really good service and work on laptop was completed on time.

Ian 01/03/2021

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I was very pleased with my experience with DCSL. They ran a thorough diagnosis on my computer and gave me some good advice, too. I also like their recycling policy that means that less stuff goes into landfill and more stuff gets used again.

Anonymous 20/03/2021

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Very friendly staff and great service

Mr Michael Andrew Cundell 03/04/2021

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Totally recommend
Totally trusted this guy since he opened and still do. May get him to build a specialist computer before too long. 100% recommend
 
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