Social network sites witness the most of our lives – from whom we see to where we work and what we eat. While a picture of your late night burger will hardly be of any interest, personal and sensitive information can get some hackers going.
We all are careless from time to time and our activities on social networks are no exception. To avoid those take a look at the tools and tips every social media user should know.
What Type of Information You Share
This is the most basic thing you can do. Is it that important to mention your hometown or your phone number on social network sites? Nope. If someone needs to see or talk to you, they always can ask for that information directly. So, refrain from giving out too much unless you want unexpected guests around.
You know when social network sites ask you a security question during the password identification? It can be your mom’s name, the school you went to or the name of your lovely pet. Now imagine if all those names are a click away on your profile. Needless to say how the rest of the scenario could play out.
Same goes for location tags. They seem like a cool tool to show off but not worth the risk.
Since we have briefly mentioned them already, let us give them the coverage they deserve. Pick your passwords carefully and do not use the same one for each of your sites. Use uppercase letter, numbers, and symbols to make your passwords strong. You probably know all of this, but are just too lazy to do it. Yes, it is hard to pull that off but try to fake it till you make it.
Log Out of Your Accounts And Lock Your Phone
Make this a habit, especially when using public computers in libraries or elsewhere.
While using your phone, always have it locked. You can leave it somewhere and it could end up not in the best hands. And from then on everything from harassing your friends to changing your password will become a nightmare came to life.
Know Your Online Friends
Because they are not the same as your real ones. Think twice before accepting a friend request from a total stranger. Look at their profile, see if you have some mutual friends. The more people you take into your social space, the more vulnerable you become.
Set Privacy Settings
You might decline requests from strangers, however, that is of no use if what you post is public. So, log in into all of your accounts and check who can see what you post. Make sure that if you do post personal info such as birthday, workplace, location, it is only available to friends.
Every social network users should get acquainted with these basics. However, the problem is that some know about these but are too careless when it comes to practice. Social network sites share our lives, so do not underestimate the problems they can cause. Think of all these tips as putting your social network seatbelt on!