Travel

Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Joanna Connell

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TripAdvisor

One of the world’s largest travel websites which provides an online platform where users can share advice and recommendations on places to visit in other countries.  Most of the 100 million+ articles on the site are completely contributed by users who write about their experiences of the hotels, restaurants and attractions they visited.  TripAdvisor counts more than 32 million travellers on its network.

Signing up for an account

You can sign up for a TripAdvisor account by linking it to your Facebook account and importing your personal details or by using your email address.  If you create a new account with your email, you will need to choose a password.  Your TripAdvisor password has to have at least six characters in it and you can include letters, numbers or symbols to make it more secure.

Security features on TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor doesn’t give its users a lot of security features on their accounts.  You can modify certain things like your password and privacy settings, but more advanced safety options like enabling two-factor authentication or login notifications are not available on this service yet.

Managing your security settings

To change the password of your TripAdvisor account, sign into your account and go to your Account Info page and click on ‘Reset your password’ to enter a new one.  After making your changes you should receive an email confirming that the new password has been saved.

Personal data collection

TripAdvisor records the personal data its users enter while creating an account and when filling in their online profiles.  This is done to provide you with a more personalised experience of the service.  If you connect your Facebook account to your TripAdvisor profile, your data may be accessible by both services according to their respective privacy policies.  Your personal data on TripAdvisor will not be sold, rented or used for commercial purposes.

Deleting your account

Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy way to delete your TripAdvisor account.  The only method to do so is by contacting their support team and sending them a message requesting them to close down your account and delete any associated information.

Security record

There has been no news of hacking attempts on TripAdvisor user accounts or of any other security breaches.

Third parties on TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor lets users sign in with their Facebook account and to share information on other popular social network services.  To control the information that is shared by these third parties, the users should check their privacy settings on their other accounts.

Tracking your shared information

Although you can control certain privacy settings, TripAdvisor doesn’t give users the option to track down how their personal information is being shared.


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