June 19, 2020| |
SOCIAL MEDIA SAFETY TIPS FOR EVERYBODY
The social media world can be a hostile and unsafe place to be on, thanks to the presence of spammers, hackers, “trolls” and the rest of them. A lot of people harbour worries about their personal safety and also the safety of their personal information in an environment that seems ungoverned.
These tips will help you thread safely on social media:
1. POST YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION INTENTIONALLY
Confirm that letting go of your personal information like your card details, passwords, contact details, home address, etc. is safe and secure by doing the following:
- the recipient of the information is trusted and reliable;
- the website/app you’re putting those details on is trusted and known;
- the website is secure.
And, when sharing information on social media, you should NEVER include your personal information on public posts, or share the information with strangers.
The information that you put on social media can be used by hackers to do damage to users by accessing their finance, making many others.
Hackers also sell the information to spammers and other unauthorized third parties to use for many different harmful purposes.
2. BE CAREFUL ABOUT DISCLOSING YOUR LOCATION
Most social media sites now include user locations on posts or they ask you to manually input your location when creating posts.
As much as this allows users to better share live updates with their followers, it also poses serious harm to the privacy, safety, and security of people.
We, therefore, advise that you deactivate location sharing on your social media accounts, or consciously share your locations if you have to.
3. USE A STRONG PASSWORD
Here are some tips for creating strong passwords:
- Do not use your birthday or any special date;
- Do not use any personal identifying information;
- Combine letters (upper and lower cases) with numbers and symbols;
- Use different passwords for different purposes;
- Change your password often;
- Make it long and complicated.
4. BE SELECTIVE WITH FRIEND AND CONNECTION REQUESTS
A lot of spammers and hackers pose as regular harmless people with fake profiles on social media and send out requests to unknowing individuals with the aim of sending them hazardous files like malware, spyware, etc.
Others may also pose with the intent to defraud people by gaining access to personal information.
It is therefore advised that you only stick to accepting requests or sending out the same only to people we are familiar with or offline friends and acquaintances.
5. BE FAMILIAR WITH PRIVACY POLICIES AND ADJUST YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS TO SUIT
You should also visit the privacy and security settings for your account to view what information is being shared on your account, and with whom. This will allow you to understand how your information and posts are being handled, and also allow you to choose what information you want to share and with whom.
6. BE SURE TO SIGN OUT WHEN USING A BORROWED DEVICE
You can also choose to clear your cache after using a borrowed or shared device for additional security.
Clearing the cache clears your online footprint from the device being used. This is useful because, even after you clearly log out of a shared device, it is still possible for hackers or spammers to be able to trace your footprint and access your private information.
Leaving your social media accounts signed in on a third-party device allows other subsequent users to be able to access your account in the future.
7. BE IN CONTROL OF COMMENTS ON YOUR PAGE
There are a number of reasons why you should pay special attention to scrutinizing comments on your social media posts:
- Spammers on social media often take over comments sections of users to share “spammy” content, leveraging on your audience;
- Some people take advantage of comments sections to “troll” other users that they may have ill feelings towards.