Social media platforms have grown so much in the last couple of years. Everywhere you turn, people are looking on their phones or using some other technical device to check social media platforms. It has become an important part of our daily lives, both personal and business.
Even though social networks are a great way to stay connected with other people, you should be wary about how much personal information you post. When posting online you should follow these following tips to safely enjoy social media:
TIP 1 – Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks to help you control who sees what you post.
TIP 2 – Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online, stays online. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn’t want your parents or future employers to see.
TIP 3 – Be cautious about how much personal information you provide social networks. The more information you post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information to steal your identity, access your data or commit other crimes, such as stalking.
TIP 4 – Know and manage your friends. Share your personal information on your personal profile but create a fan page for your business that encourages broad participation and limits personal information.
TIP 5 – Know what action you should take if someone is harassing or threatening you, remove/block them from your friends list and report them to the site administrator immediately.
Now, that you are aware of how to post safely via social media, please keep these safety reminders in the forefront of your mind when using your technical devices:
1. Keep your firewall security and anti-virus software up-to-date.
2. Never log in from public hotspots. Only log in from trusted wireless networks.
3. Use strong passwords comprised of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
4. Be cautious with links and files. If you don’t know the source, then don’t download or click on it.
5. If you wouldn’t say it or do it in public, then don’t post it online.
6. Keep track of what your friends posts about you.
We spend so much time on one or more social media sites throughout our day, whether it is for personal interaction or business related. It becomes a way of life. Unfortunately, we don’t even think twice about it anymore.
Please think of these important safety tips and reminders when visiting social media platforms using your technology devices in the future.