Nothing seems safer than cruising the internet from the comfort of your living room. Your doors are locked. You have your comfy pajamas on, a nice cup of tea sits beside you. What better way to spend an evening than catching up on your social media feeds or looking at pictures on Pinterest?
It seems unimaginable for someone to walk though our front door and snatch our purse from us, right? Wrong. That’s exactly what can happen while we are online. Social media sites and other online forums are full of people looking to exploit the innocence of people just like us! I have compiled a list of tips that can get you social safety savvy in no time!
- One of the most important things we can do to safeguard ourselves is to be aware of what information we are posting. Hackers are smarter than we think and always looking for ways to collect our personal information. Be careful about sharing information that can be used to answer your personal account questions. Things like, birthdays, home towns, parents names are all popular security questions to different accounts. Another way to keep your account information safe is to create a custom security questions that will be harder for hackers to guess. Having a strong password is always recommended.
- Be careful what links you click. Especially those embedded in emails. What may look like an authentic link from a company may not be as it appears. Some links can take you to third party sites or even sites set up to mislead you into entering your personal information. When in doubt, always access a web address directly.
- Assume everything that you put on the internet is permanent. Remember that documents, pictures and videos can be saved, shared, or printed, without needing permission from the one posting. Even after things have been deleted, there is no guarantee that they are not logged somewhere else.
- Choose your social media friends wisely. Just because you were friends in high school does not mean that you live the same life now or have the same values. People change. Also, identity thieves have been known to create fake profiles to lure people to add them as friends so they can access personal information about you. Be very selective about who you invite into your social network.
- Customize your privacy options. Most social network platforms have different levels of privacy that can be changed in the settings menu. Many people choose to keep their personal profiles accessible to only those in certain groups or friends lists, while business related profiles will usually have more information available for public viewing.
You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself or your identity. When in doubt…Check it out. And stay safe!
How do you safeguard your personal information? Please leave your comments below.
Neowin posted a great infographic which has some surprising statistics regarding internet safety at http://bit.ly/2l9VUUT
Here is a link to a YouTube video that has some useful tips to protect yourself from identity theft
10 Privacy Tips For Protecting Your Identity And Avoiding Identity Theft