ONLINE SECURITY: Social networks (Part 2 of 4)


 This blog is in continuation to my previous blog which was about E-mail security. In case you haven’t checked it out yet, click here.

Twitter, Google+, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and many other social networking sites have become an important part of our day to day life. Social Networks are great way to be connected with friends and family, but you should be careful of what information you post.

You never give details about yourself, your friends, family, job, interest, hobbies to strangers in your day to day life. But millions of us do the same on popular social networking sites.

So here are some tips to stay safe on social networking sites.

1. Don’t reveal too much
Do not post any sensitive information about yourself. Anything posted online is accessible to anyone. Such information can be used by hackers and spammers for targeted attacks.

2. Privacy settings
Always set privacy settings in such a way that only your friends can see what you post. Also add only known people in your network. In most of social network sites there are options to limit the people who can see your posts, this can be helpful to prevent unknown people from accessing your details.

3. Third party applications
Check the reliability of application before installing it. Many applications sends spam messages and links to your friends or post it on your profile. Turn off application platform if you are not using any third party applications. This will also block application requests from other users.

4. Avoid using public accessed computers
Be very careful when you login from a public computer. Make sure that “keep me logged in” is unchecked. Also beware when entering your password, someone might be watching you. Always remember to log out in such case.

5. Security settings
Enable login notifications so that you get message on your phone every time you login from an unknown computer. Login approvals are also useful, it requires a separate security code along with username and password when you login from an unknown computer.

6. Beware of spam messages and links
Think twice before clicking on any suspicious link, even if it is from someone you know. It may contain virus or spyware which may harm your computer. Such links may tag all your friends on spam post.

With these six steps you can secure your social sites, take the time to protect it. I am open for questions and suggestions, kindly post it in the comments section below. In my next blog I will be giving you some general tips on how to stay safe online.

About Dhwanik Mehta

Dhwanik is a ROM developer and security freak. Three A's inspire him i.e Android, Archeology and Astronomy. He loves digging into history, and is crazy for "NUTELLA" .
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