Karachi - It would be naive to assume that the information that we consider to be private is in fact actually private. Governments have been using information available on social websites ever since they came into inception.
Where it may be difficult to block information leaks to governments, they pose little risk to the average user. The real threat to online security comes from the people who want to access your information in order to do some harm, such as disgruntled co-workers or a former confidant.
Email accounts, facebook profiles or other social media accounts can allow the average hacker to take over your account, snoop for information, spread misinformation and even delete your accounts.
There are however, a few steps one can take to increase their online security. These do not provide a fail-safe option, but will ensure that your personal security level online stays high - reducing the chances of your account being hacked.
Some of the main online sites such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and Apple offer two-step verification systems.
2-step verification is a process in which apart from your password, there is another level of authentication. This could perhaps send a code to your cell phone that needs to be input before you gain to access the site.
In order to make this task less painstaking these sites allow you to enter systems that the site will always recognise and therefore will not ask for the second level of verification every time. While traveling and access to your local number is not possible, these sites offer a few codes that you can keep in handy should you need to access them from an unrecognized machine.
This is a highly recommended step that you should have. In case you are not sure how to do this you can always Google, 'methods on activating 2-step verification.'