Campus students should avoid these mistakes while using social media

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Social media accounts whose passwords are often shared across
Common Social Media Platforms whose passwords are shared

For every 10 students, at least 8 use social media every 20 seconds. Constantly switching from one platform to another. As social media platforms are constantly upgrading to attract more users. The need for users to be conscious of their privacy is increasing.

We have compiled a list of precautions. These are meant to improve your privacy while using social media.

Same password

Imagine your Facebook password is leaked. The fact that all other networks have the same password puts them at risk too. Someone can easily block you from getting access to your accounts.

With the help of password managers, the job of password keeping is much easy. This leaves no reason to have one password for all the social media accounts.

Online games from anonymous sources.

Often times, we find our selves playing games from unknown sources. These could be from malicious plugins designed to collect data from internet users.

Having any doubts about this? Always check for the type of information the games ask for access. Imagine a shooting game that asks for permission to access your contacts.

Privacy Settings

Always avoid adding people you do not know to your friend lists. That said, remember to also check your privacy settings because a profile that is public can be scrapped from anywhere by anyone interested.

This also applies to the posts you make. It’s true that measures can be applied to them to ensure that you choose a special audience for them.

Avoid oversharing.

Too much of anything is harmful. This also can be applied to social media. Sharing may seem innocent and harmless but trust me its one of the easiest ways to get exposed to malicious users and robots.

Depending on your purpose on social media, it is better to keep a low key as those with a huge following base are the most affected.

Untrusted Campus WIFI

One of the most needed resources at a university or any learning institution is the internet. Being a student sometimes comes with hardships to access the internet. this leaves a student with WIFI as the only solution.

As the saying goes, ‘Free things come with a price hidden’ so does these free WIFI hotspots. Sometimes they are set up as traps to capture what their users are doing.

While on some hotspots, your search activities are monitored. These include the passwords submitted through the connection.

Imagine someone viewing your search history.

Using borrowed gadgets.

A browser in incognito mode clears the history after the window is closed

While at campus borrowing is a norm. Asking a friend for a laptop computer is ok. But remember the browser you use is designed to remember most of the activity done.

Should one sign into one’s social media account, that password is stored in the browser. This means the next person can easily access one’s password after going to the settings of the browser.

Ensure to clear cache memory on every device you assume is not yours or is unsafe. or you can always usea browser in an incognito mode.

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