McAfee suggests sensible ways to protect your information online

17th February 2019
McAfee suggests  sensible ways to protect your  information online
Still from Netflix serial "YOU"... snoop dogs

London, 11 February  17 2019: Netflix’s hit series You, has got people discussing their online privacy and traceability. However, McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, reveals that  only one in 10 (12%) people remotely erased data from lost or stolen devices.
Only 17% said they remotely locked or changed passwords and a mere 12% remotely erased data from the lost or stolen device to prevent it getting into the wrong hands.  The survey was conducted in the UK but the learnings ar3e universal.
You’s protagonist, Joe, showed just how easy it can be to track someone via a stolen device still connected to the cloud and McAfee warns this is a stark reminder to change passwords, lock, and wipe a phone the moment it goes missing. In the show, this residual connectivity resulted in Joe tracking Beck’s live location and gaining access to her social media accounts and private messages.
Says Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow, Raj Samani: “Every day, people leave streams of information about themselves online without considering the risks of their digital footprint. Our research discovered that 60% of people disclose their location in some form when posting online, for example tagging the restaurant they are at on Instagram Stories. Even more concerning is that 15% have posted photos of the front of their house to social media.
“If this information gets into the wrong hands, it can be used to paint a detailed picture of someone and offer direct access into their lives. Although ‘You’ is thankfully a fictional show, it served to highlight how information we share online can have scary repercussions if it ends up in the hands of criminals.”
Tips from McAfee about how to protect your information online:

  • Watch out for geo-tagging. Many social networks will tag a user’s location when uploading a photo, as well as offering users the option to tag their location when posting. You should ensure this feature is turned off to avoid disclosing your location to criminals or people you would not want to know your whereabouts.
  • Don’t overshare on social media. Oversharing online can paint a picture of us very quickly. Keep sensitive data such as your date of birth, address, job, or names of family members private. Also, rethink whether you really want your relationship status made public.
  • Sharing is not always caring. Only share photos and other social media posts with your intended audience. If you have blocked an individual, make sure they stay out of your social media feeds. Services like Facebook and Instagram have features that allow posts to be viewed only by confirmed connections. Check your privacy settings regularly, as they often change.
  • Be careful who you befriend online. Only accept friend requests from people you know in real life. Often hackers or criminals will send requests so they can see the information you are sharing to help them in access your private information.
  • Set up unique logins for each app you are using. Setting up a different password for each app or account you use is a great way to protect yourself and your data online. If you no longer use a social media account, delete your information and deactivate your account