Common mistakes you might be making online

Seen YOU on Netflix yet? The thriller shows the kind of threats that persist in social media and how it can impact individuals. Malware attacks, phishing, impersonation, fake giveaways, data theft not only compromise privacy, but also safety. So, here’s a list of things to keep in mind to avoid them.


Speaker and author Cornelius Lindsey once said, “Social media is a dangerous place to seek affirmation, acceptance, identity and security.” 

People share content on social media without a worry in the world. They keep a track on likes, shares and comments. But others might be watching every move. In today’s digital age, safeguarding data online is even more crucial. It takes one wrong post or a little too much information for a breach. Let’s find out more about how to stay safe online.

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Do not share pictures of passport or boarding pass

You might get a certain kick out of letting the world where you are heading for the next vacation. But do not forget that your boarding pass has your full name, flight details, seat and more. If you share them online, you are exposing yourself to identity theft, giving away booking details, landing time, etc. Instead of this, go the old-fashioned way and share a selfie instead. 

Do not tag residential location

Do not tag the street, complex or building that you live or work in. Tagging the exact location might give way to stalking.

Do not save card details 

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It is easy to just “save the card” so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of typing card details again and again. However, many shopping sites tend to face data leaks and phishing attacks where names, addresses, contact numbers and card details can get exposed. Hence it is worth sparing a few extra seconds to get that card out of your wallet and type the specifics. Most of the sites do “guarantee” that your data is safe, but it isn’t so.

Do not use the same password everywhere

Keeping the same password for all social media accounts and bank accounts is a huge mistake. If the password is the same everywhere, it is like handing over personal details on a platter. Instead you can use a password manager to make a list of passwords or write it down on a piece of paper and keep it safe. Whenever you update any password, update it on them as well. 

Being mindful of what you post or do online is extremely important so that you don’t fall prey to any digital felony. 


Edited by Roshni Shroff

Cover image illustration by Jyothi Syam


Some resources to help you understand more about staying safe online: 

Lurking cyber threats on social media

15 social networking safety tips to remember