There are so many social media sites out there, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, that allows users to connect and share with other people. While the popularity of these sites continues to grow, so do the risks of using these sites. Here are some safety tips you should know when using social media sites.
Adjust privacy settings– Social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter allow users to adjust their privacy settings. These settings allow the user to control who can view their profile, posts and information. You want to ensure that your privacy settings are set to either visible to friends or private.
Be careful when installing third-party applications– Some social media sites feature games, polls and quizzes. While these features are loads of fun, when you download these third-party applications, internet thieves will sometimes use these applications to access your location, messages, personal information and sensitive data. It is important that you carefully read the application’s permissions.
Don’t post your location- While you may be excited to let all your followers know that you are on your way to vacation in Hawaii, it is also the perfect opportunity for computer criminals, who are scouring social media sites to find empty homes, to locate houses they can burglarize.
Use caution when accepting friend requests- Just because someone sends you a friend request, doesn’t mean you must accept it, especially if you don’t know the person. If you don’t know the person or you don’t feel comfortable adding them as a friend, just click the decline button. Sometimes identity thieves will create a fake profile and then send you a friend request so they can access your personal information.
Use caution when clinking links– You should be wary of clicking links in messages, online ads, posts and tweets. The reason for this is because some of these links may be virus-filled or they may lead you to malicious content.
Be careful, babies!