The 101 on Staying Safe on Social Media
It is not supposed to be all that difficult to do, but it can be super hard for some people to manage. Most people don’t think that they are going to get into trouble online, they see no reason anyone should target them let alone a hacker or identity thieve and they don’t think scam or spam will land anywhere near them – most people are totally wrong about this. If you want to stay safe on social media then make sure that you are doing all of the following:-
- Do not click on that link. It looks like a funny link, you can’t tell what website it’s from and it will most likely result in you losing your account. You think it’s safe because your buddy sent it to you but the reality is that it isn’t safe at all – and once you click on it, it’ll go to everyone on your list as though you sent it to them.
- Know the difference between different privacy settings and make sure that you aren’t posting publically what you wouldn’t want to be made public about you. Sometimes this information can be used by identity thieves, and even hackers who are trying to crack open your account.
- Double check with people when you see a message that seems to be out of place. It could be a hacker and the hacker could attack you next.
- Avoid links that claim to be taking you to Facebook or Twitter or any other social media network. Always open the website yourself, because that other link could turn out to be a phishing scam.
- Do not give out your personal detail or information to people that you do not know online. There are cases with people giving up their personal information to someone they thought was representing an actual brand, when it was in fact just a fake profile. Don’t be duped, no business works like that online. Unless you’re talking to the official page you can’t be sure who is at the other end, and even when you are talking to the official page there is no reason for you to fork over sensitive information.
- Adding people you don’t know is never a good idea. They could turn out to be predators that could cause you physical harm and are using fake profiles just to get to you.
- A lot of websites will give you the option to link back to your social media profiles, think long and hard before you do this. While your actual website like Facebook or Twitter are secure, the website that you are linking it to might not be and could potentially get compromised.
- Do not mix things up, if you are planning on using social media to stay in touch with your family then keep your work folk out. Anything you say can and will be used against you when the time comes, if you are saying it all on social media.