Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, Google Plus, Ning, MeetUp, blogs, Digg, etc. are the number of social media sites and tools that is exploding around the world. Social media is the killer app of the Internet. Such social media have pierced the walls of the firewall. Those apps are the most important part of our smartphone. These are also a vital tool for searching any job. Moreover, social media are the best way to connect with current and new friends. Before using social media, we have to follow some precaution and proper way. On the following pages, I provide my top tips to practice safe social networking.
Use strong passwords
Use a different password for every social account. Make your password at least eight digits long with a combination of lower and upper case letters, symbols and numbers. Also, select a username that doesn’t help recognize you, such as social_1992.
Beware of TMI
Social networking means sharing information and opening up online with friends and family, but there is some that you should never and ever share over online. Saving yourself from spreading Too Much Information (TMI) can protect you from identity theft. So don’t share your social security number, home address, home phone number and your birth date. Of course, you must protect all of your PIN numbers, passwords, credit card information and bank account.
Customize privacy options
Social media increasingly provide users more control over their hand for settings privacy. Don’t think you need to receive whatever default settings the media gives you. First, check out the configuration, settings and privacy sections to view what options you have to limit whom, who or which groups can view various aspects of your information.
Use a separate email
Maintain several email account to use with different social network. In this way, you can protect your main email account from any phishing or spam email you may receive.
It’s not a popularity contest
Never accept every follower request even friend request too – be connected with those people whom you know in real life or their identity you know is original. Cyber criminals create many fake online accounts to become friend with others to get personal information.
Don’t trust, just verify
There are so many reasons (most of them bad) why someone might embody or falsify an identity online. It could be fun or as a prank such as those who embody a celebrity as satire. Fake identity has a legit side – sometime it can be applied by people whom simply want to hide who they are actually in order to safe their real identities.
Learn how sites can use your information
Most of the social media sites are free to use that means they are earning their profit by advertising to you. And that means those sites are collecting your information. Now the question may arise in our mind that is your information shared with external companies and partners?