Social Media Safety Tips
Whether you like to keep track of friends on Facebook or Instagram, or stay on top of current events through Twitter, beware of sharks lurking in social media waters.
Cyber crooks have found social media outlets to be great places to conduct business at the expense of unsuspecting victims. But there are ways to avoid becoming online prey. Here are a few social media safety tips to help keep the bad guys at bay:
- Check your privacy settings regularly and select the most secure options available. And make sure you have the most up-to-date browser versions installed on your computer. Browsers are often updated because of security flaws.
- Consider installing a new security software suite that includes a firewall, as well as anti-spam and anti-virus programs. At the very least, install security software patches as soon as they’re issued.
- Think twice about taking online personality quizzes or surveys. You could be divulging personal information that could be useful to thieves. In general, avoid posting such information as phone numbers, physical mailing addresses, dates of birth and other personal data, all of which could be used against you by crooks. And caution children not to share anything too personal about themselves online either.
- Going out to dinner or taking a vacation? Don’t announce it through social media. Doing so opens up the door, literally and figuratively, for burglars in search of a vacant home.
- Have you ever seen messages that tease you with lines like “Check out this cute kitty video!” or “Click here to earn easy money”? This is a popular ploy among cyber crooks to get people to click on links to sites where malicious software – also known as malware – can be installed on their computers.
- Applications that seek permission to share your data can be problematic, too. They could end up accessing your information or posting to your wall without your permission.
- Be careful who you befriend on Facebook or on other social media sites, especially if you have no idea who they are. Look at it this way – would you invite a complete stranger into your home?
- Use logins and passwords that are difficult to decipher. And don’t use the same ones for all the social media sites you’re on. Experts recommend using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols when creating passwords, but in progressions that are difficult to duplicate.
While social media can be a fun and empowering tool, it’s important to ensure your online experiences are safe and secure. For more online safety tips, visit the Bank5 Connect website.