4 Easy Ways to Protect Your Online Identity
So you’re not ready to leave the big, open world of Facebook for their rumored private sharing app, but you don’t want the whole world getting their hands on your information. You’ve followed these six steps to lock up your photos, but what about everything else? Your iPad knows your birthdate, credit card numbers and the password to every site you visit. Your favorite doodling app even knows you spent a whole year drawing hearts around Michael Cera photos. How can you keep all that information private and still enjoy everything the web has to offer? We’re sharing four easy precautions you can take to stay online and be smart about your information.
You don’t need to use a specialized app to keep your Facebook posts private — let their privacy dinosaur walk you through your settings. Make sure to hide your date of birth. Everything from password resets to applications for a new credit card use your date of birth as a security credential, so don’t make it public knowledge. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up all those birthday posts from people you haven’t talked to in ten years. Just make sure to set your Birth Year to “Only Me.” (Photo via Facebook)
2. Don’t Get Attached to Passwords
No matter how much you love your password, you need to change it often (at least twice a year), choose a strong password and use different passwords for all your important websites and apps. If someone hacks your Twitter account, it may not be a big deal, but if you’re using the same password for Facebook, now they can view your private posts, your personal information and more. And if you’re using the same password for your online banking, they have access to your money. We can’t stress this enough: Never use the same password for online banking as you use for another site. If someone finds out you creep on your ex-boyfriend’s Facebook page, it’ll be embarrassing. If they drain your bank account or max out your credit card, your ex-boyfriend will be the least of your worries.
3. Don’t Trust Everything in the App Store
Research apps before you download them. Pay particular attention to what information they need to access. Does your flashlight app really need to track your GPS location? If you’re not willing to share the necessary settings with that particular app, search the store for a similar option that’s less invasive. It’s also a smart idea to stick to your phone or tablet’s designated app store. When you download an app from a website, you have no idea what type of data it may be mining, or if it comes with a bonus virus.
4. Remember That Public WiFi is Public
Even if you follow the above steps, if you’re using public WiFi, all bets are off. While you’re enjoying that free internet at your favorite coffee shop, anyone may be watching over your shoulder or hacking onto the WiFi network to see what you’re up to. You can still visit your favorite sites and check out the latest Brit + Co posts. Just avoid sites that require you to enter your password, and never check your bank account or enter your credit card information over public WiFi. It’s better to be safe than sorry — you can always pay for that Etsy item when you get home.
What steps do you take to protect your personal information? Let us know in the comments.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)