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Social media is continuing to grow and become an increasingly big part of many people’s lives. This is why it is more important than ever to keep ourselves protected in the online world and to safeguard our personal information. Here are some simple tips to follow in order to protect yourself as much as possible and to ensure that your information does not fall into the wrong hands.

These days, many people use their smartphones to update their online status so make sure you are connected to a trusted WIFI hub. If you’re not near a WIFI hub, then you can get online using 3G, but be sure to check your internet data roaming allowance with your network provider first. The last thing you want is to unknowingly rack up an expensive phone bill, which is why it is probably worth checking on networks sites like http://www.o2.co.uk/iphone or Orange.com just to be sure.

While it may be tempting to fill in the address field and put your personal telephone number and e-mail address on display for your friends to see, be careful. If you have the wrong privacy settings on your social media account, you can inadvertently make your personal information available to the whole world. So try not to put your details up online and if you must, pay close attention to who exactly can access it.

Another way to safeguard yourself online is to change your passwords regularly. The most secure thing to do is to choose a combination of letters, numbers and symbols and make the password as long as possible. Of course this can make it difficult to remember, so if you must record it then do not keep it in an obvious place.

Always sign out of social networking sites when you have finished using them. This will prevent people from gaining access to them through your computer and being able to see your information. Never give out your password over the internet, or in person, to anyone. It should be something that only you will be able to remember and that you will keep as secure as possible. Keep your anti-virus software updated on your computer and regularly scan it for virus updates. If you do all of these things, you will have a good chance of staying secure online.

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