Over the last few years, social networking has boomed. Sites like Facebook and Twitter among many others have allowed people to stay connected with family and friends, rekindle relationships, meet new people and much more. From the surface, it seems flawless. There are many issues that exist. What could be wrong with it you might ask yourself?
This massive movement to social networking by people and businesses is creating new ways for hackers to attack and breach your privacy. Social networking attacks are among the fastest growing gateways for attackers and is becoming a major concern for people and security experts today. It has become much easier for praying eyes to learn more about you without much effort at all! A simple Google search can reveal much more information about you than you would care to share with a stranger or even a family member.
So how can you protect yourself you might ask? Follow these 4 steps to help safeguard your privacy.
1. READ the privacy statements for all social networking sites that you belong to and adjust the privacy settings as you feel necessary. By default, the settings may be sharing your information with the world.
2. Be cautious with what you post. When posting online, don't share anything that you wouldn't want someone to view that you don't trust. Although you may have privacy settings restricting access to your profile by only your family and friends, you cannot control who has access to their account.
3. Update your passwords regularly. If accessing a social networking site for an Internet cafe or an untrusted computer, be sure to quickly change your password. You cannot control the security of the machine. The machine or network may be compromised and logging your password.
4. Use common sense. If something doesn't seem right then it probably isn't. If you receive and email from a family member or friend saying they are stuck in the UK and need money, don't send it. The account was probably hacked and is being used to exploit the others.
Feel free to post your comments. I hope this post helps some of you. Good luck!