Protect Your Online Love Affair from Prying Eyes
Are you in an “It’s Complicated” relationship on Facebook? If so, you must have experienced that sinking feeling when you hand your phone to your friends, family or your kids. Will they suddenly start opening Facebook and other applications that have personal data and photos? Even worse, will your ex, your boss or a private detective dig around online and find out what you are up to?
LogDog suggests that you protect your love life from prying eyes by following these simple tips:
A 4-digit pin or simple lock screen codes fairly easy to hack. The safest way to protect your phone is with a bio-metric fingerprint sensor. Beyond this, you can lock individual apps like SMS text messages, WhatsApp, SnapChat and Facebook just by utilizing your phone’s advanced settings.
Given that most households own at least 5 internet-connected devices, it’s a lot of hard work to give every device a unique-guessable password. In most cases, passwords are reused across devices, making it easy for someone to gain access to all devices at once. The best option is to use a password manager like LastPass or Keeper to generate strong (a random mix of letters, characters and numbers) and unique passwords for every account. They can also do the job of storing your passwords securely by encrypting them and making them only available to you.
A common mistake people make is sharing very personal statuses to the general public. In order to avoid this, make lists of close friends and family, then make sure you restrict very personal posts to these lists only. Apart from logging out every time you finish an active Facebook session, there are also settings within Facebook that enable you to prevent intruders and find out if someone is spying on you. If you activate Login Alerts, you will be sent a text message anytime someone tries to log in to your Facebook account from an unrecognized device. Also, if you activate Login Approvals and someone logs in from a new device that isn’t yours, they will be required to enter a special code.
Worried about your Google account being infiltrated? Did you know that you can see a history of logins on your Gmail account? If you scroll to the bottom of the inbox page, and click on Details, you can see a timeline of when your Gmail account was accessed and where. You can also run a free inbox scan with LogDog to check if any passwords are just sitting there in your old emails.
Public or Shared Computer
When you are using a computer at work or in a public place, never forget to sign out of all your accounts and shut the computer down before you leave. Similarly, never use a work email address or messaging service like Slack to send private or personal messages.
Monitor Your Accounts 24/7
Do you have a feeling that someone is reading your Facebook messages in the middle of the night? If you download LogDog’s protection app for iOS or Android, you can have your accounts monitored 24/7 for suspicious activity and credit card fraud. After a week-long learning period, LogDog will understand your account usage patterns and will implement intelligent technology to alert you of unusual account behavior (unusual sign-in locations, IP addresses, times). If something fishy comes up, you have the option of changing your password to that account, locking the door to that snooper.
Always be on the guard for online enemies; don’t let love go to your head in 2017!