Protection on Social Networking Sites

In December 10, 2015

In the era where everything is online it is important to know the basics in protecting yourself and your personal information, especially when using social networking sites. It can be easy to get carried away on social media especially with checking in at vacation spots, posting private and personal photo’s, playing the newest fad game, or even blogging about your day to day life. While this can be a great way to relax or relieve some stress, it can also put you at risk. It is important to know how to protect yourself on social networking sites, because you can’t always tell who is reading your updates or check-in’s. Here are a few tips for safe social networking.

  • Be selective about who you let see your social networking profiles. For your social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others, it is highly recommended that you only befriend people you know in person. You should also set your privacy settings to hide your information so no strangers can view your posts or about me section.
  • Watch out for 3rd party apps being downloaded through your social media. While many times these can be harmless, you want to be sure it isn’t giving away your personal information or allowing strangers access to your profile.
  • Assume that anything you post on the internet is permanent. Yes, even if you later delete it. It doesn’t take long for someone to copy, screen grab, or print your photos, personal data, or inappropriate post. This is especially true for young adults in high school or college. Before you post that picture, ask yourself if you would be comfortable with a future employer seeing it, and make your decision from there.
  • Did someone send you a link saying “Oh my gosh, look at these pictures I found of you at www.Janesmith.pictures”? Chances are you should not click on this link. Be cautious of spammy looking links, even if they are sent from friends. Many times these links are how hackers steal your login information and then steal your personal data. These links can appear in private messages or as outrageous status updates from a friend. Be sure to ask your friends before clicking on these suspicious links.
  • Turn off your GPS location tag on any photos that you upload. Many times your phone will ping your location and attach it to your photo. This can let strangers know exactly where you are, which is a scary thought!
  • Pick hard to crack passwords to protect your account. They suggest using numbers, uppercase letters, and symbols for a reason! Protecting yourself online can be as simple as making a password that is hard to guess.

We hope you follow these tips for safe social networking so you can avoid being the victim of a hacked account and stolen information. Protecting yourself online doesn’t take much time, and it may be a good idea to sit down and spend an hour or so going through your accounts to ensure they are all set to private and that you know all of your social following!

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