Stay Safe And Keep Out Of Trouble On Social Network Sites

As we get more and more engaged with social media, it’s easy for hackers, spammers, virus writers and other criminals to discover new ways to cause harm on social networking sites. Although the features of these social media sites differ, they all require you to share certain amount of personal information and connect with other users. As the popularity of these sites increases, so do the risks of using them. The following tips help you to stay safe online while also keeping you out of trouble.

Set your privacy settings

It is extremely important to focus on your privacy settings. Unless you want everyone to access the information you post, consider limiting the people who are allowed to read what you post. Anyone could make friends with your friends and you may not be aware of it. Also, you can’t control you friends from accepting their request. Therefore it’s essential to limit these people from viewing what you post.

Check what others post about you

No matter what you do, you cannot control what others post about you, and if they so, they are free to share it with anyone they please. However, this is not always a problem. If you come across a post that carries your personal information, do not hesitate to contact the person who has posted and request him/her to remove the content immediately. They will really understand and do the needful.

Remember that internet is a public resource

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Only post information you don’t mind anyone seeing it. This may include content and photos in your profile and in blogs and other forums. Also, once you post something on the internet, you can’t completely remove it. Though you delete the content from a site, saved or cached versions may still be active on other people’s machines.

Set unique and strong passwords

Set unique and strong passwords for your accounts that are difficult to guess. If your password is compromised, it is easy for anyone to access your account.

Be aware of whatever you post about yourself

A common way that cyber criminals hack your financial and other accounts is by clicking the “Forgot your password” option on the account login page. To hack your account, they search for the answers to your security questions such as name of your pet, your birthday, your uncle’s name and so on. If the site allows you to create your own password questions, don’t draw them from information anyone could find easily with a quick search.

Don’t trust all messages

Hackers can access accounts and send messages that appear to be from your friend, but aren’t. If you suspect that a message is not from your friend, you can contact him/her to confirm it. For example fraudulent messages may carry invitations to join new social networks.

Type your email address directly into your browser

If you happen to reach your site through email or another website, you might be providing your account name and password into a fake site where your personal identity could be hacked.


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