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It’s not only teens but older adults and even senior citizens who have taken very well to social networking. This is where you are using online platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. While this social networking or social media interactions can enhance the quality of your life with better and more relevant information and meeting your needs and interests in a customised manner. In all the good things that social networking brings you have to be aware of the risks involved such as threats of criminal activity, such as, stalking, bullying, identity theft, and hacking. To avoid falling prey to the nastier elements online, its best that you take adequate precautions while social networking or using social media. An exhaustive list of such precautions has been made available by the author and is presented in part below in the first of the two parts of the relevant article. Team RetyrSmart
Tips to stay safe while enjoying social networking (Part 1 of 2)
To make the best use of social networking while avoiding the risks, users will need to understand and follow a set of basic safety tips that are easy to remember and highly effective.
- Be Cautious of Sharing Too Much
When utilizing a social networking website, people have the option of sharing personal details with friends and followers. While sharing some information is okay, other facts can reveal too much about who a person is. For the sake of personal safety, one should never reveal their date and place of birth, home address or phone number, as this could put them at serious risk for identity theft and fraud. In addition, it is extremely important that a person never reveal their credit card numbers, banking information, passwords, or social security number on any networking site. If such information is shared it would be very easy to fall victim to crimes ranging from stalking to identity theft.
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- Adjust Privacy Settings
Nearly all social networking sites have pre-set or default privacy settings. People often feel that these setting are sufficient enough and never put forth the effort to make changes. Altering one’s privacy settings can allow the account holder to block strangers and people who are not friends with them from viewing his or her private information. These settings also limit what information is available in search results; for example, Facebook allows the account holder to modify their settings so only their friends, friends and networks, specific groups, or no one can see their status, photos, videos, likes, etc. Privacy settings can be adjusted at any time; however, the account holder must log in to make adjustments.
- Limit Details About Work History
On some social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, people are able to post resumes and other information that pertains to their work history. Work related information can reveal too much about a person’s personal life and can give criminals such as hackers personal information which may help them to hack into one’s account. The information that is found on resumes can also be used in identity theft.
- Verify Who You’re Connecting With
There are a number of reasons why a person may put up a false account. If there is ever uncertainty about the authenticity of an account that claims to belong to a friend, is important to check with the individual for verification. These accounts may be setup in efforts to misrepresent themselves as another person in order to make false statements. This may be done to embarrass someone or to create problems that either of a legal or personal nature. False accounts may also be set up to for the purpose of sending people to malicious sites or with the intent of committing fraud.
- Keep Control of Comments – Be Aware of Impersonators
Impersonation can be a problem when it comes to comments on networking websites. Typically, people who are misrepresented online only need to ask that the impersonator be removed. This can be a hassle, however, networking sites are beginning to require commenters to go through an authentication process in which they are identified as registered users or not.
- Don’t Share Personal Details
Microblogging websites encourage people to share in the moment activities and slices of life. For people who enjoy this sort of social interaction, they may find that they are revealing too much about what is happening and as a result making themselves the ideal victim for thieves and other criminals. Because these networks are visible to practically everyone, a person should not reveal information that alerts criminals to their whereabouts or other actions. For example, a person should never reveal where they are vacationing, shopping, or traveling. It should also never be revealed when they expect to leave or return home.
- Check Out Your Own Account
In order to ensure the security of one’s account, it is wise to search for their profile from the prospective of someone who is conducting a search. This step will let the account holder know what others are able to view. When using a search engine to look for one’s profile they will also be able to see if there are any false accounts set up in his or her name.