Safe on Social Networking Sites by vq1201


									Safe on Social Networking Sites
 With the growing trend in the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and more, it
becomes imperative to keep your online safety and privacy in mind. It has become almost
impossible to realize with whom you are sharing your data, since it gets shared and re-shared
many times. There could be certain updates which might be confidential and personal that
you may unwittingly pass on to scammers, fraudsters and phishers. However, it is not as
frightening as it may seem if you follow certain tips to stay safe online.

Top 5 Online Privacy Tips

Read The Privacy Policies - or At Least Others' Summaries of Them
Some of the major social networking website's privacy policies are almost vague which
means that there can be real issues with information leaking out of your profile. This came
into notice very recently when most people in the world already have themselves registered
into these sites. Hence, it is crucial to read all the instructions and policies prior to placing
any information online. Unfortunately, they are often complex. The solution is to Google
terms like "Facebook privacy" to learn tips on what settings to change. Getting the opinion of
others can be a lot simpler than trying to figure out a mammoth privacy policy like
Facebook's by yourself.

Control The Settings
Ensure to change the settings so that your information is mostly confidential by default. Make
sure that your profiles and information is managed well so that your data cannot be accessed
easily online. This means that your settings should be configured such that your phone
numbers, address, email ID and more does not get disclosed. It is for you to decide whether
you should even restrict your updates to certain contacts only. However, your business
account requires the most stringent moderation so that your identity and information is
always protected.

To Share Or Not To Share
It is not important to have your phone number online to the public. You can choose to restrict
your data to few people only. This might lead to unnecessary ordeals in the form of nuisance
or irresponsible callers.

Handle Information Sensibly
Use your common sense to judge whether placing information is suitable or not. Do you
really need to share certain data? This is for you to analyze. Refrain from doing so if you
think that it may cause some trouble or harassment.

Location Finder
Certain online applications can locate you and know exactly where you are. This may cause
some people to unnecessarily harass you. They might even come to know that you are alone
in your house or even absent.

In conclusion, with the increase in the number of users participating in social networks, the
possibility of data misuse is also on the rise. Fraudsters especially hackers can obtain
significant data which might otherwise be quite confidential. Ensure never to offer more
information on such places than what is necessary. You might unknowingly invite trouble
which might dampen your social status or even cause data leakage.

On a final note, always have a virus scanner running in the background (this is called "real-
time protection"). Social networking sites are increasingly targeted by malicious
programmers who write viruses that will attempt to steal your personal information, and even
spread themselves to your friends, posing as a post or update from you. If you suspect a virus
has already infected your machine, locate a virus removal expert. Computer Security and
privacy depends on a clean computer as a foundation for web surfing. Learn to identify when
your computer may be compromised.

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