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20 Tips to Protect Your Online Identity

Inline with what we have been discussing here about digital citizenship and digital footprints, The Guardian has recently published a great post featuring 20 ways to keep your internet identity safe from hackers.This is a really a great read to share with your students and colleagues and although the tips included in the list are meant for any internet user, students will benefit a great deal from knowing about them.


We are sharing with you these 20 tips but you can refer back to the original article for more details on each element.
  1. Never click on a link you did not expect to receive 
  2. Use different passwords on different sites 
  3. Never reuse your main email password 
  4. Use anti-virus software
  5. If in doubt, block
  6. Think before you tweet and how you share information
  7. If you have a "wipe your phone" feature, you should set it up
  8. Only shop online on secure sites 
  9. Don't assume banks will pay you back
  10. Ignore pop-ups 
  11. Be wary of public Wi-Fi 
  12. Run more than one email account
  13. Macs are as vulnerable as PCs
  14. Don't store your card details on websites 
  15. Add a DNS service to protect other devices 
  16. Enable two-step verification
  17. Lock your phone and tablet devices 
  18. Be careful on auction sites 
  19. Lock down your Facebook account
  20. Remember you're human after all