Staying Safe on Social Media
Whether it’s snapping, tweeting or just plain posting, there’s a good chance that, if you’re reading this, you share life moments online with other people. But sharing your best moments online can come with some risks, particularly from people looking to get into your account for unfriendly purposes. We’ve gathered some tips that will help you stay safe as your popularity grows.
Have a good computer security system in place in case malware or viruses go from your social media accounts back into your personal device. You’ll want something with a proven track record that encompasses many facets of security, such as Frontier Secure. This way, no matter what comes your way, you’ll be covered before it can do any damage.
Sometimes, the best way to prevent anyone from using your social media account against you is by being able to recognize warning signs. It can be as easy as taking a minute before accepting a friend or follower request. Ask yourself whether you really know who that person is. If you’re not sure, check their profile. Do they have little to no information available, or a surprisingly low number of friends? Those are good warning signs that you want to look out for.
But let’s say you’ve already struck up a friendship with someone online, maybe through a social media site you have relaxed privacy settings on. Some warning signs to watch out for include being asked to share personal information such as phone numbers, addresses or passwords. Remember: Never give out that kind of personal information through social media, even through private messages.
One of the best ways to keep yourself safe on social media is to cut off potentially harmful access to your account at the source. Your greatest weapons in that regard are the various privacy settings available to you on the social media sites you visit. Doing your due diligence and making sure all your settings are properly set will go a long way toward making your social media experience safer.
Of course, some social media sites’ privacy settings can be a little tough to find or figure out. Luckily, there are several guides online that break down the process for each site. Alternatively, the majority of social media sites offer their own guides on how to change privacy settings. No matter where you get your information, be sure to make your settings as strict as possible. It will greatly reduce any risk you might previously have been under.
Whether you’re sharing the latest memes, keeping in touch with family, or just sharing your thoughts with the world, being on social media should be a safe, relaxing experience. These tips, along with the protection of security suites such as Frontier Secure, help it stay that way.