Protect Yourself From Being Next Jennifer Lawrence!

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Cyber security, phishing, worms, firewalls, Trojan horses, hackers, and viruses seem to be in the news every day.

For example, Jennifer Lawrence made headlines again this weekend. But this time it’s about nude photos, which are circulating the Internet after her phone was reportedly hacked. A host of other female celebs were also targeted.A hacker is claiming responsibility, he also claims to have more NSFW pics as well as videos.

Is this another evidence proving privacy really dead nowadays?

As Facebook knows everything about you, the answer should be “Yes”. Thanks to the advanced Internet, of course. 

But, who should be responsible for the death of privacy? Hacker? Internet? Or yourself?

The list below might gives you some clues:

You Share Your Phone’s Location Data with Everyone

Your location data is the most private thing on your phone as it’s the only thing that links your digital self with the physical world. Sure, handing over your location data to Google Maps makes sense, but giving it to Goodreads does not.

You Always Stay Logged In On Social Networks

Sites like Facebook, Google, and Twitter track what you’re doing on the web to get a better idea of your behavior and serve up personalized ads. They usually do this through cookies, and we make it even easier for them to track what we're doing by never logging out of these social networks.

You Log Into Private Service on Public Computers

In order not to leave traces of your private info on other computers, use the browser’s private mode when you’re on a computer that isn’t yours. And if you’re on a public computer, you can use a private operating system like Tails.

You Share All Kinds of Data with Retailers

Retail stores are notorious for collecting data about you. Something like Amazon's recommendation system is pretty transparent, but these days, just walking into a retail store with Wi-Fi enabled on your phone is enough for retailers to collect data.

You Put Too Much Trust in “Secure” App

It seems like once a week we see a new app that claims it’s a secure alternative to texting or email. But as we've pointed out before, the security and privacy of apps like Snapchat are limited. Worse, in the case of Snapchat, the privacy claims aren’t always true.

You Hook All Your Online Service Together 

One of the best and worst things about the internet is the fact that you can hook one service into another. Anyway it’s a good idea to go through the permissions you’ve granted on social networks and make sure you haven’t given access to an app you don’t want.

Well, now you know who is the killer. But it's not your fault, you may have realized it’s important to protect online privacy, but the point is many of us leak basic private information into the world without even realizing it. That's why our personal information become easier and  easier to be leaked.

But, it's also not good to take it too seriously. We still need Internet to make our life better.

Besides, in order not to be the next Jennifer Lawrence, here’re six tips for you to protect you cell phone from hacking:

1.keep your cell phone with you all the time

2.Contact your service provider immediately if your phone has been stolen or if you believe it has been hacked.

3.Protect your cell phone by using a password to unlock it.

4.Keep your Bluetooth turned off unless you are using it.

5.Download anti-virus software if it's available for your phone and update it on a regular basis.

6.Reject all text messages, multimedia messages and other files sent to you by someone you do not know

Remember, there’s a balance here in what makes your life better and the stupid things you do that give away information you don’t want out there.

If you don’t want to be the next J.Law, check out your cell phones and computers now. However, if you do, act as you please.

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