Have you learned nothing about the worldwide web? Actually, you probably know a lot, but here are four mistakes you might still be making…
Reusing the same password: If you’re like me, back in the stone ages (1995) you probably had one password. And that’s because the only thing you needed a password for was America Online (You’ve got mail!). If you’re using the same email/password combo for multiple sites, you’ve probably got problems. One data hack later, and some nice citizen has access to all your online accounts (including your bank). Make it hard for someone to access one of your accounts but make it as difficult as possible for someone to access all of your accounts. Try using passphrases!
Believing everything (or anything for that matter): There’s a lot of fake news out there. It comes from all kinds of sources and isn’t exclusive to any political party. You may prefer one cable news network over the other, but don’t just believe every piece of news you read on Facebook. Do your own research and make your own decisions. With all the click bait on the internet these days, the article you end up reading probably doesn’t have anything to do with the headline you clicked, anyway.
Thinking you need to read comments: Life is stressful enough without letting trolls get the best of you. If you like a post, give it a thumbs-up and move along. Wasting time reading what other people have to say will only lead to stress and high blood pressure. Some comments are pleasant and insightful, but most are just destructive and hateful. Do yourself a favor and don’t let those people ruin your day.
Talking about your plans: You want to squeeze in that last beach trip before the fall arrives? Great. You should definitely do it. Just don’t share your itinerary with all of Facebook. That will only let criminals know when to steal your stuff. Feel free to share some beach pics with your Instagram peeps, but it might be best to protect your posts so only approved followers can know that you’re not home.