I just watched The Social Network over the weekend (not as good as all the hype, I thought), and given the news that Facebook now has over 600 million users worldwide, it got me wondering: how do you stay safe with social networking?
If you don’t know, then take a look at these tips for staying safe online with social networking sites (like Facebook and Twitter):
Don’t share everything
Despite what your kindergarten teacher told you, sharing is not necessarily a good thing. Too much of your information online can lead to ID theft, so when on social network sites, limit the amount of information you provide. Don’t give out info like your Social Security Number, birthdate, home address, or phone number.
Check your settings regularly
As social media sites try to stay up to date with security, they often make changes to users’ settings. It’s generally in the name of safety, but you should still check your settings, configurations, and privacy pages on your favorite sites and make sure that they are customized the way you want.
Beware of strangers
Just because they want to be your “Friend” doesn’t mean that they are really seeking friendship. Watch out for people you don’t know, as well as clickable links that you didn’t ask for. Scams often come in the form of friendly strangers.
But more than anything: Think before you post (or update or tweet).
When you let the world know where you are going to be, you’re also telling them where you won’t be – at home.
And keep in mind that even if you delete a post, the Internet remembers. So be aware of what you put online. Even the best privacy settings will not help you if you put the post or comment or update or tweet out there for everyone to see.
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