Making the Connection between Security and Social Media

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Given the rapid spread of social media, it’s hard to find a single person who isn’t connected on a social network. With social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and so on, individuals are finding more and more ways to connect to each other online. However, this connectivity also has serious concerns, in the form of internet security. While creating accounts and communicating with others, users may find themselves at risk of revealing more than they intend.

5 Tips for Maintaining Security while Socially Connected

In order to stay safe while navigating social media, consider the following steps:

1. Choose a Unique Password. Though not a new topic, it is important that individuals choose a password that is as unique as possible. Another important tip is to avoid using a single password for all social media platforms: for increased security, try to use multiple, unique passwords.

2. Don’t Give Personal Information. Given the proliferation of social media, users may be accustomed to casually giving away personal data. However, individuals should avoid releasing personal information on social media channels, such as birth names, credit card information, or birth dates. Another essential tip is to avoid sharing exact vacation dates, or times that you’ll be away from your home. Posting this information leaves your house vulnerable to possible theft and robberies, as it makes it clear that you will not be at home.

3. Personalize Privacy Settings. When creating a social media platform, users generally have the option of setting their privacy settings. For example, Facebook users are able to restrict who is able to view their password, as well as block certain users from contacting or sending messages. It is important that individuals make the most out of privacy settings, as it will protect their personal data and online security.

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4. Be Selective. The more social media platforms you join, the risks of breach of security increases. Generally, individuals should use social media platforms that are well known and trusted. In addition, users should also be selective of the friends they accept, and the number of users they allow to view their profiles. Individuals should only allow users they personally know and trust, in order to decrease the chances of security threats.

5. Stay Abreast of Privacy Policies. Each social media platform will have a detailed privacy policy, unique to the service or product. While signing up for an account, most individuals are likely to quickly scroll through the lengthy text, skimming the privacy policy at best. However, the statement may include information on what types of personal information are distributed, and the extent of the individual’s rights. Individuals should make sure that they fully understand their rights, by examining the terms and conditions of the service.

About the Author: Rachel Hyun Kim is a writer on topics ranging from medical billing software to VoIP phones. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics including B2B lead generation for small business owners and entrepreneurs at Resource Nation.

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  1. Dominic from ComputerTooSlow says:

    Great Post. Staying safe on the big social networks is a must-do. I completely agree with the points in the article about not posting too much personal info and setting up privacy settings.

    Another thing to be careful of on these networks are who you become friends/connected with. I have noticed some people try to become your friend just to send you links.

    One more point is to be careful of weird looking links/posts on social networks. There are many viruses out there that target users of facebook/twitter/etc and then use the person’s feed to post malicious links.
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  2. Peter Lee

    I bet those who “LIKE” a FB wall post that says : “I won’t be back til next month, on a holiday in Hawaii now!!” are those potential burglars 🙂 People are so naive sometimes that they shared almost everything in social network without knowing the consequences.
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  3. I likes social media but some time I feel treblein some social media.I am much interested in FB .it all time touch me with my friends.
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