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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at F and M chapter.

As cybersecurity becomes an issue in this day and age, it is now more important than ever to protect yourself online. With continuous scandals over user protection and user data security, there are a lot of reasons why you should be cautious about the information that you post online. Here are three tips to help protect yourself online.

1. Limit What Information You Give

Pretty much everything that you post and share online is data that companies can use to either sell you something or manipulate. Limit the information that you share online. Information such as your date of birth, mother’s maiden name, or even favorite movie can be crucial information that can lead to identity theft, whether you believe it or not. Maybe sure that you are cautious of what you share.

2. Invest in an Anti-Virus

Free anti-virus is not always best. Although anti-virus programs can cost a lot of money, it is important that your technological devices are protected.

3. Change Your Password

Make it a habit to change your password often. Whether it is annually or quarterly, it is important that you constantly change your password to prevent anyone from hacking into your account.

Vivian is the current Campus Correspondent and Marketing Director of the Her Campus chapter at F&M, where she has been a member for 3 years. She is a senior at Franklin & Marshall College, studying business and sociology. In her free time, she can be found catching up on TV shows, reading novels, or spending time with her sorority sisters. Her interests include branding, public relations, and marketing.