In today’s world, having a Social Media profile is as common as the air we breathe. Social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all around us, with new profiles created daily. According to an eMarketer report, one in four people use some sort of social media network.
With more people using Social Media, new security threats have appeared. Help protect yourself from Social Media threats with these helpful tips.
- Make your account passwords difficult to decipher. Avoid using personal information like birthdays, names, or interests as passwords. Instead, use a mixture of letters, numbers, and punctuation to create your password. You can also use a password generator to help create secure passwords. Use a password manager, like LastPass, to help generate and store your passwords securely and easily.
- Familiarize yourself with your social network security settings. Most social networks have security settings to help filter what information people can see and who can view your posts.
- Avoid clicking on advertisements. Some advertisements may have attached viruses that can cause problems on your computer. Also, some advertisements can lead to fake sites that are used by criminals to obtain private information from you. A good rule to follow: don’t click if you don’t know.
- Be careful of what you post onto your Social Media profiles. Criminals can use your personal information you provide via Social Media to decipher passwords and break the walls of security on any of your accounts, including email and banking accounts.
- Be aware of who you’re friending on social networks. Fake profiles can be created by criminals who can use these profiles to obtain private information from your profile. If you receive requests from people you don’t recognize, check the name, pictures, and content of their profile to see if anything seems familiar to you. If nothing seems familiar, do not add them, as it may be a fake profile. Try to only ‘friend’ profiles of known people that you feel comfortable allowing access to your profile.
For more information on cyber security, and in honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, check out staysafeonline.org/ncsam