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Online Safety Tips

This post is sponsored by Allstate.  I only work with brands I love, so thank you for helping me to support them.

Online Safety Tips featured by popular Atlanta lifestyle blogger Happily Hughes

Let’s talk about something that affects all of us- our digital footprints.  Whether you’re a social media aficionado like myself, or an “I even hate Facebook” kinda person like my husband, you still have a digital footprint.  What influences your footprint?  Things like social media usage, online bill pay, chatting in forums, Google searches and so much more.  Take this quiz to see what kind of footprint you’re leaving behind!

Online Safety Tips featured by popular Atlanta lifestyle blogger Happily Hughes

I’ve teamed up with my friends over at Allstate to discuss how we can still enjoy all the wonders of the internet, while also safeguarding our personal information.  This page about the hidden world of data was extremely helpful in explaining the best ways to safeguard my private information. I would love to share some online safety tips with you!

Online Safety Tips:

  • Turn location off on all of your social media channels. No one needs to know where you took that photo or where you currently are.  To be blunt, there are crazy people out there and it’s best to err on the side of caution.
  • When online shopping, check out as a guest. This safeguards your information better than creating an account or using a social media login.
  • Phishing emails are becoming smarter each and every day. Make sure to fully read the email body, keeping an eye out for typos, weird images, or poor grammar.  Also, look at the sender’s address- if it’s a phishing scam it will be from an obscure company name. You can visit this post to learn how to stop phishing emails.
  • Look for the padlock symbol next to any website you’re visiting. If it doesn’t have it, get off ASAP.  It is an unsecured site. 

Online Safety Tips featured by popular Atlanta lifestyle blogger Happily Hughes

For more online safety tips and tricks- go check out Allstate’s Hidden World of Data website, and this page for more information and resources.. Huge thank you to Allstate for putting so many resources into this to make sure we all stay safe online!

Online Safety Tips featured by popular Atlanta lifestyle blogger Happily Hughes

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.


10 thoughts on “Online Safety Tips”

  1. Ouch! My digital footprint is heavy and cautious. So much food for thought. I have an unlimited data plan and don’t use a laptop so I don’t use public WiFi much, but I certainly have!

  2. These are great tips. Some of them are things a lot of people don’t even think about. Location is always one that catches me off guard because sometimes social media includes it even if I was certain I had it turned off.

  3. Good tips! I worry about my digital footprint more now. I was one of the Facebook avoiders for a long time but now I spend a lot on time of social media. Criminals are getting smarter every day! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is great and something we should all really be aware of while building our online businesses! Digital footprints is something I do not know much about an dI really need to look more into!

  5. I have been blogging for a long while now, thus I feel like all my info is all over the internet, that being said, I have moved a few times since I first started so I know said information has not been updated THUS… My old address and what not are associated with me. I remember this one time I got a random text message from a blog reader and it was the creepiest thing ever and he told me my information was on the internet. I still have no idea why he would think it would be OKAY to text me. VERY VERY odd.

  6. Princess Quinn

    These tips are great! If I need to shop online, I never connect to a public wifi.

  7. You’re so right about phishing scams now. If there’s weird wording or spelling or I’ve never heard of the person/company, it instantly gets deleted!

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