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For women of Pakistan: social media account safety tips

April 16 , 2019

Cyberspace is not very safe, especially for women in Pakistan who are often openly blackmailed, threatened and harassed online.

Most women even receive abusive messages on social media and sometimes people make fake profiles in their name too. Quite recently, the organisers of Aurat March were threatened with rape on social media.

Given these emerging trends, the Digital Rights Foundation organised digital security training to teach women different ways they can make their social accounts more safe and secure. The training was held at Movenpick Hotel on Monday.

Social media has become more important than ever because of the amount of information that is stored and shared online, said the trainer.

Many cases of online harassment are not reported because many women don’t know about their digital footprint. This is the trail of data that people create while using the internet, he explained.

Many women are not active on social media because they have security concerns, they added.

Here’s what you can do to ensure the security of your accounts:

Keep a strong password

A weak password can compromise your social media accounts. Make sure the password comprises both numbers and letters. People are encouraged to keep a different password for their social media accounts.

You should never keep a password with your name, date of birth or other information that hackers can easily access or guess.

People who have trouble remembering their passwords can use apps such as KeePassX. It is an offline password manager that can save up to 15 to 20 passwords.

Two-factor authentication actually helps

Two-factor authentication may be annoying at times but it actually helps make your account more secure.

Even if you have a malware on your system, the two-factor authentication can protect your accounts in such cases also.

WhatsApp may not be as safe as you think

Many of us think that WhatsApp is very secure because it has end-to-end encryption. However, WhatsApp always stores your data and chats in its database somewhere.

A much more secure alternate to it is Signal. The app’s servers don’t have access to any of your communication, and it doesn’t store your data. You can use it to chat with your friends and share media or other files on it too.

Always check your email for suspicious logins

Keep an eye on your email and if you find something suspicious or get an email that a hacker was trying to access your social media account then change your password right away.

 


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