Today, social media sites connect us in extraordinary ways, allowing us to communicate and share information like never before. But the convenience of interacting with friends and acquaintances doesn’t come without a price. A whole set of new risks has surfaced and even though social networks are trying hard, it is often user negligence that leads to compromised security. Even seemingly harmless posts can help criminals crack passwords, steal identities and commit burglary. Thankfully, by optimizing your privacy settings and being mindful of what you share, it is possible to minimize the risk of your personal information falling into the wrong hands. Following are some best practices for your entire family:
When creating a profile, your first priority is to adjust your privacy settings. Make sure that your posts are only visible to your intended friends and groups. If you add details to your profile, keep them hidden to strangers so that they cannot be used as clues your private account passwords. Review your settings periodically as providers tend to change them over time.
THINK BEFORE YOU POST:
Even if you keep all of your settings as private as possible, screenshots of your profile or messages can end up online if you trust the wrong people. Therefore, always think twice before you post or write anything – be it a picture, an opinion, a message or a video. Because once online, it can’t be retracted later. Be especially mindful when…
If someone is offering you a new car, computer or smartphone in exchange for your sensitive information, such as place or date of birth, or ID number, it is almost certainly a trap. Keep your sensitive data to yourself; before you give them to anyone try to verify the authenticity of the offer.
A good-looking guy or girl has just sent you a message. Do you know him/her, or is it someone you have never seen before in real life? If not, be very wary. Cyberspace provides malicious actors with both anonymity and “camouflage”, which allows them to manipulate victims. Stay on the safe side, limit who can contact you and if possible interact only with people you know personally.
D.F. Dwyer Insurance ©2016
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