Today, data theft has become commonplace as well as identity theft.
The web is the new sesame of industry and crime. Not a day goes by if a user does not get hacked, and steals his data. Social networks are usually the focus of this conflict, which brings a lot of fundamental rights to life. The right to privacy, the right to exclusive ownership of its data or the right to net neutrality is now more abstract and theoretical than we are led to believe.
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The fight for our safety on the web must be led by all. This to say that you dear users, So we will advise you as to the attitudes to carry out for your good. Today's advice will focus on protecting one's online identity.
The National Commission for Information Technology and Freedoms in short "CNIL", an independent administrative authority responsible for regulating the use of ICT and the protection of personal data in France, gave four provisions to follow to preserve themselves on the Internet, especially social networks.
The first piece of advice will be to include not saying too much as possible when registering online. This reduces the risk of your data being resold to third-party digital players. Take the trouble to hide your identification references (such as your email address and phone number) when registering.
Some hackers (scammers usually constantly monitor the system with the intention of exploiting your information to try – via a custom program – to extract your contact information and other personal data or money in another context.
It is best to use nicks when registering for your various accounts and a non-registered address such as "firstname.lastname@example.org" to register online. If the system is hacked, your name and first name references are less likely to be compromised.
Also, be sure to serve email aliases, if your email service allows it. Email aliases will allow you to manage multiple digital email addresses that go into your inbox. On the one hand, this allows you to realize any unwanted use of your aliases. In another sense, this will allow you to remove your alias that would be compromised.
In the event that you want to add a photo, please use different photos for each account to reduce re-identification between multiple accounts.
Above all, you should fill out as few fields as possible: in fact the registration forms usually contain several optional fields and often ask you for information that is considered sensitive such as religion, ethnicity, opinions…
Pay attention to the boxes that will offer you to reuse your data for things you don't understand!
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