Protecting Your Privacy on Social Media [6 hints about what to share & who to share it with]

Protecting Your Privacy on Social Media [6 hints about what to share & who to share it with]


Social media is a great way to stay in
touch with family and friends. It is also a great way to follow your favorite
organizations, famous people and groups with which you share common interests.
Social media is engaging because you can share your life with pictures and
stories and take part in what others are sharing through their pictures and
stories. You can also share fun and engaging things you find on the Internet.
But using social media does pose some risks. There are cyber criminals who use
social media to find and target victims. Sometimes we are tempted to
overshare without understanding the consequences. Here are some of the most
common questions users have about using social media safely. Is social media
private? In a word no! Once something you share is in someone else’s hands you
have lost control over how they share it. You can’t be sure that they have their
devices or settings secure for privacy or protection against theft. The safe bet
is to assume everything you do on social media is potentially public. Are people
who they say they are? Not all the time It is easy to create a social media
account and pose as anyone. Scammers often clone existing accounts of real
people and then use those accounts for criminal activities. Cyber crooks use
fake social media accounts to fish for information they can then use for
identity theft or other criminal activities. Treat connection requests
carefully. There is nothing wrong with making a new friend but never assume
someone is who they say they are. Should I fill out surveys online? Social media
is full of fun surveys. You may think what is the harm in telling someone your
favorite color or pet or what magazines you read? Sometimes, however, the survey is
actually used to gather information to target you for marketing or fraud. Some
surveys use a foot in the door approach to initiate a conversation that is then
used to try and extract personal information. Surveys are fun but be
careful unless you are absolutely sure of the source of the survey.
Should I be concerned with sharing my activities? Use common sense to be aware
that some sharing might be risky. We all love sharing those vacation pictures but
is that also telling the world that your home is vacant? Make sure you aren’t
sharing with the world when you only want to share with close friends and
don’t share things that you’ll regret later. Should I use apps and games that
are on social media sites? Chances are they are okay but be aware that some
games and apps request access to information they then sell to marketers.
Some games have even been known to sell real-time locations of users. Companies
are trying to crack down on abuse but you should always be careful. How can I
spot fake social media profiles? Fake accounts often have very few connections,
few pictures or posts and a short history. Look for grammatical errors or
other mistakes that might indicate a foreign scammer or accounts that are
hastily created. Beware of any requests for a new connection from someone you
are already connected to on a social media site. Chances are the second
request is a fraudulent clone. Contact your friend directly. Billions of people
use social media to stay connected and have fun every day. Be a smart consumer
and don’t overshare.

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