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Imagine going through your Facebook feed and then suddenly seeing your photo and your name on the “People you may know” list. You know you don’t have another Facebook account and you click on your second profile. 

 

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Here are 5 tips to be safe while gaming online:  

 

Tip #1 - Beware of cheat codes & programs 

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There will come a time when you feel that your computer is slowing down, becoming less efficient than it used to be, and what comes to mind is to either recycle or sell off the parts to get a brand-new computer. However, is it safe to do so? 

 

Most people would think that formatting the hard disk would completely clear the disk, so it would be safe to sell it off as a second-hand item. Unfortunately, with no proper precautions, someone can easily recover and extract personal or corporate data that was previously stored in the disk.  

 

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Has it ever occurred to you that the things you throw in your bin might be valuable to someone else? Most people don’t think someone would dig through their trash for information, but Dumpster Diving is a technique which provides easy access to personal information from discarded documents such as receipts, bills, copies of passports and identity cards. 

 

Who are dumpster divers? 
It could be anyone, including someone within your workplace or an outsider who is spying on you, including friends or neighbours. 

 

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What is a digital footprint? 

 

When we walk on sand, we leave a trail of footprints behind. Similarly, we leave footprints online; we leave records and traces behind as we use the Internet. Have you ever wondered what you may have left behind when you’re online? Should you care? The answer is yes! 

 

Your digital footprint may contribute to your online reputation. It may benefit but also be a risk to you at the same time.  

 

Your footprint may include information such as: 

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Most parents share photos of their children, especially their newborn, online. Some do it to simply share the growth of their children with relatives and friends who live far away. 

 

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