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In the past two decades, there has been a dramatic surge in the amount of social media we have available. From having a few choices such as MySpace and MSN to now having over a dozen different options to choose from, it can be hard to keep up with the everchanging interfaces of these apps. Fortunately, there are lots of guides online that help with how to use social media, from answering the basic questions such as how to use Instagram to the more complicated aspects, such as how to use these sites for business purposes. Here, we’ll discuss how to get started.

The Basics

Let’s look at the basics, to begin with, and the most basic question to ask yourself is, which social media is best suited to you? There are many different kinds, all with their own rules and regulations to them, such as Instagram being a picture based application, so if you’re someone who enjoys taking pictures and sharing moments with others, this is perfect for you. Twitter, on the other hand, has a character limit of 280 characters (which has increased from its original 240 character limit), which means you have to a lot more concise in what it is you are trying to share, but on the other hand, it is a lot more public server, so if you enjoy talking to lots of other people, this is for you. There is also Facebook, which is similar to both of these mentioned in that you can post pictures or just status updates, but there is no character limit, and it is a much more private platform.  These are all things to take into consideration when creating your social media account.

Signing up

Most of these sites require you to set up an account, and if this is for personal use then you can fill it in with your own details (such as your name, date of birth, etc). For sites such as Facebook, this can help friends who use it to be able to find you on there and to add you. However, some apps don’t require personal information if you don’t want to use it, such as Instagram or Reddit, and you can change any name or ‘bio’ (this is where you write small details about yourself so people know who you are/what you like) to maintain privacy. For all these sites you will need an email, but this is kept private and there isn’t any need for it to sound professional (unless you are creating a business page).

Finding friends

After setting up your account, you’ll need to find friends or people to follow it. All of these apps will have a search function that is usually at the top of the page for you to use, and if you know anyone who uses these sites, then you can simply search for their name and identify the right account by the picture they’ve used. If you’re unsure if it’s them, then you could always let people know you’ve made an account and let them find you on it instead. Most apps also have celebrity figures who have public accounts that you can follow to see what they’re up to, as well as lots of funny accounts, meme pages, shower thoughts, etc, so then you can have a range of different things and people on your feed.

 

These are the very basics to starting an account on social media, but if you have any other queries then there are plenty of helpful guides online relating to specific social media, as well as each social media’s own FAQ pages to guide you through the process.

In today’s era, everyone is using a smartphone. It does not matter which class an individual belongs to, but what matters is the fact that everyone is capable enough to purchase and keep a smartphone. These highly-technical mobile phones have a lot of features to offer, and it is because of this aspect that most of the people have highly-classified information or personal information stored in their phones. Is it safe to do so? Only if you apply the privacy settings, otherwise anyone can access your phone and steal your data and cause havoc in your world. But is it necessary to protect your smartphone? Why?

Why is it necessary to keep your phones protected?

Did you know that the number of cell phones in this world constitutes about 5-billion? And smartphones cover about 2.5-billion of that number. It means that half of the population that uses mobile devices is using smartphones. Not just that, people are now actively shifting to the use of the same. A smartphone has several applications, which include factors, such as people text, people use social media sites, send pictures, keep their contact information, keep valuable data, such as bank account numbers, pins, passwords, Etc. This kind of data can easily be accessed by anyone if you do not have smartly put protective barriers on your smartphone. It means that if someone gets hold of your smartphone, they can use the information to steal money, reach out to your social media sites, and disturb your everyday life. If you don’t put security in your smartphones, it can get accessed.

 

These are some of the reasons why it becomes essential to keep your smartphones protected. It is the reason why we have selected some of the most valuable tips using which you can keep your phone protected at all times.

What are some of the tips to protect your smartphone’s privacy?

Here are some tips you should follow to secure your phones:

  • Lock your devices

every smartphone in the world allows you to lock the device. They have different options, such as using a 4-digit or 6-digit pin, a pattern that you can easily remember, swipe-up or down lock system, fingerprint lock system, facial recognition, and some smartphones even have the voice recognition system. These are some of the different services that you can use so that no one can access your phone.

  • Suspicious link

often, we receive emails and messages that have links attached to them. You should not click on the links unless you know who the sender is and whether or not they have sent you the mail. Sometimes, hackers use disguising methods to access your smartphone data. This practice can be lethal, therefore avoid clicking on unknown links.

  • Software update

every mobile phone consists of software. These software need updates every few months. You must update the software as soon as your phone reminds you of the same. The reason behind this is the fact that otherwise, you will use outdated software, which is too weak to protect your phone from malicious activities.

  • Unique passwords 

if you own a smartphone, then naturally, you will have several social media accounts. All the social media accounts require passwords so that your account and data stays protected. You need to ensure that every account has a unique password. You cannot keep the same password for all the accounts because if an individual can access your phone records from one account, then it will become effortless for them to reach your other social media platforms. This way, even if in the worst-case scenario, you lose one account of yours, you have others to keep some data of yours protected.

  • Use VPN 

the virtual private network is a common technique that you can use to get rid of cybercriminals. No one can stop themselves from using an open WIFI network. So if somehow you find yourself sitting in a cafe with the free WIFI, you must use it through the virtual private network. It is because the VPN makes you anonymous, so if you end up making online purchases or banking transactions, then your information will remain confidential or hidden.

  • Do not download unknown applications

you must have received several notifications requesting you to download an application. These advertisements are full or flair to induce users, but you should never download an application from unknown sources. You must always use prominent app stores or play stores that have a reputation in the market to download your apps. This way, you will stay protected from external threats. In addition to that, you will find that smartphones usually do not permit downloading applications from external sources unless you manually make it happen. So, ensure that you always use reputed sources only.

  • Use backup

at times, it happens that viruses enter your devices and delete all the data from your phone. At times you are not able to detect it because they hide under undetectable names. It is the reason why you should have a cloud backup system in your devices. Just in case you lose all the data, you should be able to use the backup.

  • Enable remote wiping 

concerning the point mentioned above, in case you lose your phone or someone steals it, it is necessary to ensure that they do not access your data at all. The remote wiping option exists so that you can delete all the data from your phone from any corner of the world so that it remains safe and sound.

  • Use a security app 

almost all smartphones have security applications inbuilt in them. These applications check for viruses and any unknown activities that might cause harm to your data or your smartphone, but if your phone does not have one, then feel free to add a security application in your mobiles to increase protection.

Following that, these are some of the most common and painless methods of securing your phone. Ensure that you follow all these steps to keep your data secure.