Social media has took the online world by a storm. It has completely changed our lives. Social media has altered the way people interact and connect with each other. It has eliminated all possible geographical boundaries by giving users the ability to network and share with people throughout the globe. However, given this ability, you might not be aware that your personal conversations as well as offhand remarks may be visible to people outside your network – people who you may not know personally – people who may use your private information for unscrupulous means.
Being a Secure Computer User makes you more informed about safe online behavior on social networking platforms and saves you from being taken advantage of. Follow these simple tips on how to stay safe on social networking sites:
Don’t share much of your personal information
Giving your personal contact details such as phone number and full home and work address will only make you vulnerable to identity thefts. Your identity can be used for criminal activities. So make sure that you trust the source before giving this information away.
Don’t accept friend requests from everyone
Be cautious when accepting friend requests. It is advisable that you only accept requests from people you know or those with whom you may have common friends. If you have a doubt, send the person a message to confirm how you know them.
Use privacy settings
Also encourage your friends to use privacy settings because if they have made their posts visible to everyone, your friends can also see your comments or posts you’re tagged in.
Don’t trust people online
Don’t easily trust people who you meet online. A lot of scams running online can take advantage of that. People usually disguise themselves as common friends or try to be friends just because you follow the same movie star. Avoid falling for such fiends.
If you inculcate these small habits while surfing social media networking sites, you would stay safe and maintain your privacy in an increasingly open world that can turn dangerous in no time.