Sourced with thanks from nortonsecurityonline.com
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 second of the two parts of the relevant article. Team RetyrSmart
Tips to stay safe while enjoying social networking (Part 2 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.
- Know Employer Boundaries or Acceptable Use Policies
More and more frequently there are reports of people who have lost their jobs as a result of their activities on social networking sites. This can easily be avoided when employees review what policies their employer has in place. These policies may affect what a person can share in terms of pictures and/or writing. This is done to not only protect their reputation, but to also prevent data loss or loss of intellectual property.
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- Control What Information is Shared with Outside Sources
- Be Careful of Over-Friending
As a member of a social networking group, it can be exciting to gain new “friends” or followers. Looking through the network it is easy to find members with high numbers of friends, which can inspire a competitive streak in some. A high number of friends, however, is not always positive. Some “friends” can be problematic by introducing spam into one’s timeline or some may even have criminal intentions. When accepting friends, choose people who are actual friends.
- Consider Forming a New Social Network
Respected networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, are not the only social networking platforms available. The popularity of these sites make them larger than life and attract a large assortment of people with various agendas. However, people who are interested in interacting with a smaller, more intimate group of people should look into joining MeetUp, Ning, or FamilyLeaf. In some cases, people are able to go through MeetUp to create a niche social network that will attract like-minded individuals within one’s own community.
- Single Sign-On: Open ID
Using a single sign-on for multiple platforms is one-way people can reduce the likelihood of their passwords getting into the hands of identity thieves and hackers. OpenID is the most common single sign-on to manage various accounts.
- What Goes Online Stays Online
When sharing information online it is important for people to realize the permanence of what they type or download. Once information goes on the Internet, through social networking, microblogging, etc., it is difficult, if not impossible to remove. In some instances, the information may even be captured via screen shot and used on blogs or news sites. Depending on what was originally submitted, the information can prove detrimental for future job prospects, relationships, and may even leave a person vulnerable to crimes.
- Know How to Block Unfriendly Followers
Nearly every social networking platforms gives users a way to protect themselves from harassment or unwanted contact. When joining a social network one should familiarize themselves with how to block another member. Once a person has been blocked, he or she will no longer have the ability to interact with the individual who has done the blocking.
- Keep Passwords Strong
Security is as important for one’s social network account as it is for their computer or any other account. Creating a strong password will prevent hackers from gaining access to one’s account and using it to post spam or malicious attacks. When creating a password it is important to choose one that consists of no less than eight characters. The characters should consist of both letters and numbers and should be changed approximately every three months.