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How to protect yourself online

General Tips
Staying Safe on Social Media
Staying Save on Social Media

 

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How to keep your account secure.
Built in Security Features. Facebook has a range of security features users can activate to better protect their account.

Login approvals (Two Factor Authentication)

Login notifications

One time passwords

Trusted contacts

For more information on these Facebook security features go to: http://www.facebook.com/help ->Security -> Extra Security Features

Twitter has security features users can activate to help protect their account.

Login verification (Two Factor Authentication)

For more information on keeping Twitter safe go to: https://support.twitter.com/articles/76036-safety-keeping-your-account-secure

Gmail has security features users can activate to help protect their account.

2 Step verification

For more information on 2 Step verification go to: www.google.com/landing/2step/

How do you know if your account has been hacked. You cannot access your account with your normal login credentials.

There are posts on your news feed that you never posted.

These posts encourage your friends to click on the links.

You cannot access your account with your normal login credentials.

There are Tweets from your account that you didn’t personally make.

You cannot access your account with your normal login credentials.

People receive emails from you that you didn’t send.

What to do if your account has been hacked. Clean your computer from malicious software before changing your password

Scan your computer for any malicious software and make sure your antivirus is up to date

Do not change your password until you are certain the computer you are using is free of all malicious software

If you still have access to your account change your password (have a look at Password management)

If you do not have access to your account, reset your password by clicking on the Forgot your password link on the log in page

Remove any third party applications that you installed on Facebook.

Report a compromised account. Go to www.facebook.com/hackedAfter getting back control of your account, notify all your friends that your account was hacked and that any suspicious posts are as a result of the hack.

Clean your computer from malicious software before changing your password

Scan your computer for any malicious software and make sure your antivirus is up to date

Do not change your password until you are certain the computer you are using is free of all malicious software

If you still have access to your account change your password (have a look at Password management).

If you do not have access to your account, reset your password by clicking on the Forgot your password link on the log in page.

Notify all your friends that your account has been hacked and that any suspicious tweets are as a result of the hack.

Clean your computer from malicious software before changing your password

Scan your computer for any malicious software and make sure your antivirus is up to date

Do not change your password until you are certain the computer you are using is free of all malicious software

If you still have access to your account change your password (have a look at Password management)

If you do not have access to your account, reset your password by clicking on the Forgot your password link on the log in page.

After taking back your account, notify all your contacts that your account has been hacked and that any suspicious emails they received are as a result of the hack.

More Information. www.facebook.com/help ->Hacked Accounts https://support.twitter.com ->Troubleshooting https://support.google.com/ -> Gmail -> Account -> Security & Privacy -> Gmail -> Security Checklist
Online Banking & E-commerce

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Always type out the address (URL) of your bank i.e. www.yourbank.co.za

Ensure that you have a secure connection, https over http.
Look for the lock icon (Padlock)

Browser add-ons
Here are some Browser add-ons your can use for your security and privacy online:

Netcraft Toolbar

netcraft

Provides comprehensive site information and phishing protection when browsing the web

Addblock Plus

adblockplus

Blocks all annoying ads

HTTPS Everywhere

https_everywhere

Enhances your Web-browsing security by forcing your browser to operate in the HTTPS secure encrypted mode

Bitdefender Trafficlicght

Bitdefender_trafficlight

Intercepts, processes, and filters all Web traffic, blocking any malicious content.