Safer Internet Day 2019: Five tips to keep your Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and phone secure

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual event celebrated worldwide in February. This year today on February 5 Safer Internet Day 2019 will be commemorated to create awareness about cyber safety. To mark the day and spread knowledge about e-safety Google has started a campaign #SecurityCheckKiya. Through the campaign, the search engine giant is suggesting tips on how to stay safe online, secure your social media accounts, protect your personal data and avoid getting online threats. This years’ Safer Internet Day 2019 will be observed with the theme ‘Together for a better internet’.

Since the past few years, there has been a tremendous increase in the usage of the Internet, making the netizens prone to threats, malware, scams and hacks. Therefore it has become crucial for all of us to adopt certain methods and ways to keep internet bugs at bay. So, here we have listed a few tips to keep your favourite accounts like Gmail, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp secure.

5 tips to keep your Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and phone secure

  1. Secure your phone and desktop: Head to your Google Account and run a security check to keep a tab on what’s harming your desktop and if on mobile visit your Gmail account, then hit the menu button, then settings and tap on ID. Further, manage your Google accounts and run a security check.

  2. Download Find my device app: One of the trickiest tricks to keep your personal data safe even if your Android device is lost or stolen is by downloading Find my Device app. The applications let you protect your information by locating the lost device.

  3. Dual-step verification: Instagram and WhatsApp are widely used messaging apps and to keep your chats safe from hackers try double-step authentication system. In this way, you will be notified if anyone tries to access your account without your permission.

  4. Keep strong passwords: Creating complex and unique passwords is the best way to keep your Gmail, Facebook and Instagram accounts safe. This will prevent hackers from cracking the passcodes.

  5. Use a Firewall: Firewall is an electronic barrier that denies access to your phone, laptop or computer. This ensures that all the information stored in your devices are kept secured from hackers. Especially when you are using public wi-fi, you should try using a firewall to prevent your data from any leak.

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