Unwind Securely: Safeguard Your Digital Footprint on Vacation

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Contacting friends and family would be much more difficult without the internet and social media platforms. After all, we can enjoy several significant moments online, protected behind our screens. Online connections have enabled us to remain in touch, never missing a minute, whether attending your friend’s virtual wedding or watching your favourite cousin’s newborn take its first steps.

Whether you’re working remotely or checking in with your friends over social media, here are some ways that you can continue to stay safe while staying in touch online.

Keep your information private

Information sharing can be enjoyable on social media where you want to keep your friends and family updated. Just be cautious about how much and with whom you share. Sadly, the more information you put online, the easier it may be for hackers to exploit your data,  steal your identity, or access your accounts. 

By adjusting your security settings, you can protect your accounts in one of the simplest ways possible. You may find those options for most social media accounts under your profile. From there, you can manage who can access your profile, who can follow you or get in touch with you, and how much of it is made public.

Regarding your phone number, address, or any other sensitive information that a cybercriminal could use against you, I strongly advise reducing personal information on your page. Additionally, it would help if you exercise caution when adding people you do not know in person because they can be online crooks trying to scam you.

Use strong passwords and enable multi-factor authentication

The most significant way to safeguard your personal information is to use distinct passwords for each social media account. They are your first line of defence if fraudsters attempt to access your account. 

Either upgrade to a more robust passphrase that contains a minimum of 15 characters and four or more random words or generate a strong password with a minimum of 12 characters, including random digits and symbols.

Even the finest passwords, though, will only partially safeguard your accounts. You should enable multi-factor or two-factor authentication as an additional layer of security.  As a result, if a hacker ever obtains your password, they would require the second authentication factor to log in successfully. 


The best methods to keep secure on social media are to be on the lookout for online fraud and to take extra precautions to safeguard the privacy of your account.

To learn more about cyber consumer concerns, like best protection practices, you can download our interactive mobile app, FRAUDSTER, available on Apple and Android. You can learn more at www.FraudsterApp.com.

If you’ve already downloaded the FraudsterApp, click the training icon on the home screen to learn to protect yourself. 


Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.