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How to Use Social Media Sites Safely

How to Use Social Media Sites Safely

Social media sites are more than just an avenue to be in touch with loved ones and friends. It has also become a place where people share personal information. Sharing these information makes it easy for hackers and scammers to do something unpleasant to you. If you are worried about the privacy settings of your accounts, below are the tips to make your browsing more secure:

1.Control who is seeing your personal details.

Facebook social media marketing, as well as other platforms, let you control the people allowed to see your posts. For more personal details about your life, set the privacy to “Friends Only’ and not visible in public. In general, you can also change these things when you go to the Settings tab.

2.Limit the things you share on social media.

There are certain information you can’t tell anyone for security concerns. The biggest examples are your mom’s maiden name or your first pet’s name. These are the common security questions websites ask when you want to change your password.

3.Remember that it’s not about being popular or known.

Social media is not a popularity contest. There are people who has the ambition to be famous and they are using Facebook to make that wish come true. But there is a big risk that comes along with being popular on these sites or having thousands of likes for your pictures. People might use those personal information even your own pictures to pursue their negative intentions.

4.Don’t click random links.

If you receive a message from someone you don’t know, avoid clicking it. It may direct you to a site with malicious content. Hackers may also use links to send viruses that will cause damage to your smartphone or desktop.

5.Be careful in connecting your account to other websites.

When you use apps or visit sites, you are given the option to log in using your account. It’s a convenient way to register to certain websites but when you do this, you allow these sites to know certain information about you.

6.Use a different email for social media sites.

As much as possible, don’t use the same email account for all your online transactions. Your work email and the one you use for online banking should have a very strong password that only you know. This should not be the same email you are using for Facebook or Twitter.

7.Don’t use the same password for all your accounts.

It’s highly recommended that you have different passwords for different accounts on social media. To make it better, create a strong password when setting up your account. It should consist of around eight digits and a combination of upper and lower case letters.

For an added security, don’t make your username very obvious. Try to be creative and as much as possible, don’t include your birthday when coming up with a username. You can use nicknames so people will not easily identify that it’s you.