The Internet makes it easy for people to distort their identities and intentions. Consider restricting the people who are allowed to contact you on these social sites. If you interact with people you do not know, be careful about the amount of information you reveal or especially agreeing to meet them in person.
If you want to be especially discreet about your location, you might not want to upload high-resolution photos to your social media accounts. Photos with high resolution can include information like street signs, addresses or names of businesses. Using these pieces of information, a person could quite easily decipher your exact location.
As a professional networking site, LinkedIn serves as a reminder of how important it is to balance security and convenience. Typically, users want to be discoverable so they can easily expand their networks and connect to new job opportunities. Being too accessible, however, means providing personal information that could be exploited by malicious users. Once […]
Some apps are integrated with social network sites—in these cases, the app can collect information from your social network account and vice versa. Ensure you are comfortable with this type of information sharing before you sign into an app via your social network account. Alternatively, use your email address and a unique password to sign […]
Every once in a while, you may receive a suspicious message from an unfamiliar user, a distant acquaintance or a close friend whose account has been hijacked. You may be part of a large group they’ve opened, and you might be wary of the preview text. Don’t open it. To keep yourself from accidentally clicking […]
Social networks can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the fun is creating a large pool of friends from many aspects of your life. That doesn’t mean all friends are created equal. Use tools to manage the information you share with friends in different groups or even have multiple online pages. If […]
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