Social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr allow people to share their thoughts, photos, experiences, and statuses. However, these social media sites can also be used by lawbreakers to access personal information that could be detrimental to one’s safety. To protect yourself and your accounts, here are some useful tips:
- Fool-proof passwords – Everything starts with the password. Do not try to make it easy for hackers and even your friends to guess your password. Some strong passwords include the user’s birthday, their name, or favorite color. The more complicated your password is, the lesser the chance that people could determine it. It is also good to include numbers in your password, as well as capitalizing some of the letters. It is highly recommended not to use one password for all your social network accounts and email addresses. If you do not want people managing your account or reading your private emails and hearing your RingCentral business phone number’s voice messages, keep these tips in mind.
- Watch what you share - Some users have the habit of linking their address or their current location on their shared status e.g. “I’m finally home! – Plainfield Avenue, Macomb, NY”. When sharing status or even tagging photos, refrain from geo-tagging your location. This will inform random people where you live. You will never know that there could be a stalker out there waiting for their next victim. Seeing that you have placed your address, you might just be the next one. It is okay to tag your location as long as it is not too specific such as placing the coffee shop you are hanging out. Try to make it general like the name of the shopping mall or the state or city you are in.
- Private as you can - Instead of sharing all your wall posts to every Facebook user, you can limit it using the “Friends Only” option in your settings. Your posts will only be visible to your friends. Another is by making your account private enough that random people will not be able to view your account when searched on Facebook’s search engine. You have the option to choose ‘Friends’ or ‘Friends of Friends’ who can search you on their accounts.
- Secure your email address - To log in to accounts such as Pinterest, Facebook and Google Plus, you have to input your email address and password. As mentioned earlier, you have to use fool-proof passwords to avoid hackers from opening your accounts. When using a public computer such as those in Internet cafes, make sure that you log-off as soon when you are done and clear the computer’s browsing history. This will prevent the other users from seeing your email address and opening it. If you have emails that contain your passwords, accounts and other personal details, try to delete them if you can. You can write them on your notepad or a piece of paper and keep it safe inside your wallet. You can even type it on your mobile phone just so you can delete the email and avoid prying eyes from seeing it.
- Choose your friends – Be mindful of the people you add or follow on your account. Do not add random people to your account. Choose only your friends, relatives and family members. Some social network users add so many ”riends’ to their account even if they do not know them personally. Choose wisely who you want to share your information and photos with to avoid risking your account and your security as well.