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Social Media Safety Tips

Posted on November 01, 2016.

When it comes to social media, there is a long list of do’s and don’ts.  Along with watching what you post online, you also have to be aware on what goes on within your account as well as what you click on or download.  Social networking sites today will let their users customize their privacy settings.  Don’t just assume that the default settings are adequate and to your liking.  Take the time to check out the settings for yourself and determine the configuration best suited for what you do.  If you’ve just joined a social networking site, or even if you have been a member for years, log onto your account and go through the privacy settings.  New settings are often added over time and you’d be surprised who can see your personal information and photos.

Another big issue with social networking is your account getting hacked.  One of the biggest culprits of this is not using a strong enough password. From your social network accounts to your banking and email accounts, all of your passwords should vary.  They should be different from each other, at least ten characters, and a combination of lower/upper case, symbols, and numbers.  Using the same password for all your accounts is convenient, but you run a big risk of being compromised by an attack.  In addition to a strong password, 2-step verification is the way to go.  Whenever a user from an unknown location tries to log into your account, you will be text messaged a unique code to verify that it is you trying to log in.  This is a must have for all of your accounts in today’s world.  It’s a free service and almost guarantees protection from getting hacked. 

Following these two social media tips will greatly improve your social media experience.  Account protection should be taken very seriously as more and more hackings are happening more than ever.  Taking a few minutes of your day to go through your privacy and password settings is well worth the trouble that it will save you.