With more stories breaking almost every day about companies and websites getting hacked, how can you better secure your own privacy?

We’ve got 10 tips from a social media executive – and some may surprise you.

Dave Vronay, chief executive officer and founder of “Heard,” has a variety of suggestions based on his own experiences.

Heard is a startup that bills itself as an “anonymous social exchange platform.”

“Be identified how you want, when you want, where you want,” Heard promises.

Here are his suggestions: 

1. Avoid social logins.

Do not log into a new site with a Facebook or Google account as Googlebook will track the sites visited and provide that information to advertisers.

2. Stop re-using passwords.

Make unique passwords for each site. An easy solution is to add the name of the site after a personal password.

3. Rethink security questions.

Prevent multiple sites from knowing the same answer to security questions by decorating the questions with the name of the site such as “sitenamepetname.”

4. Choose specialty sites over the big guys.

Facebook and Google want to monitor everything users do in order to sell that information to advertisers. Use smaller sites when able, such as photo and art sharing: http://min.us and http://deviantart.com.

5. Develop a sense of “Information Economics.”

Users tell Spotify what music they like, Netflix their movie preferences and Twitter who they like to follow. In 2015 resist turning over friends’ email addresses to save a minute of search time.

6. Clear those cookies.

“Cookies” are little files that are stored on computers by websites. Over time, cookies gather a tremendous amount of information about the user. Periodically clearing cookies deletes saved logins, serving as a good reminder to change passwords.

7. Question “free.”

Question the meaning of “free” on sites in 2015 as this could mean the site will make money off of their users via another channel. It’s worth the extra money to stay private through services offered.

8. Spread the love.

It’s hard to completely avoid big sites so decrease the amount of information any site can obtain by using a combination of big and local sites. This will prevent any site from knowing everything about a user.

9. Remember, change starts with the user.

Focus on personal information security before worrying about hackers.

10. Relax and unplug.

Enjoy time outside the web by reading a paper for the news, watching a movie at the theater and enjoying a band play live. The tracking of personal information cannot be done in real life.