With the soaring popularity of social media, nothing much is private anymore - what you're doing for fun, what you're eating, where you're going, who you're dating, what you're buying, the list goes on.
But some information should remain private - especially if involves your financial information.
Last week, as part of Data Privacy Day, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota sent out information and tips about online security that could save you a lot of headaches down the road.
"Many of us rely on the internet for these days for everything from shopping to working to keeping up with friends," the BBB noted. "However, what many don't understand is how much personal information is collected online and shared for various reasons."
The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to encourage everyone to take some time to make sure their information is protected online.
As part of an international effort to raise awareness of cybercrimes and highlight the importance of safeguarding sensitive information, the BBB encourages individuals and businesses to consider these tips to stay protected:
• Secure your accounts. Update all your online accounts with strong passwords. Use a mix of upper-case and lower-case letters, along with numbers and symbols. Avoid reusing old passwords and using the same password for each account.
• Verify security. When entering personal information on a website, make sure that site is secure. Look for the "s" in "https://" - "" by itself is not secure. Avoid public WiFi when using a website where you need to enter sensitive data, such as a credit card number or social security number. Be careful when downloading unfamiliar apps, some could contain malware.
• Be careful where you click. Avoid clicking on links or attachments in emails, social media posts and online ads. Remember, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is!
• Watch out for hackers. The best way to avoid hackers, ransomware, viruses, and malware is to keep your security software, and any other software on your device, up-to-date. USBs and other external devices may be a hidden source of viruses and malware, so be sure to use your security software to scan them also.
• Safeguard your privacy - Don't overshare on social media, you could be giving identity thieves the personal information about you that they can use to get into accounts. Make sure the settings on your social media pages are as private as possible. Also, check security settings on your apps to make sure they aren't collecting unnecessary information.
The BBB encourages anyone who has been a victim of a cybercrime to report it on Scam Tracker. For more information on cybersecurity, go to bbb.org.