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Mute someone on Twitter if you don’t want to see their posts, but you do want them to see yours

Many people are probably familiar with the Block function on Twitter and other social media services, which will prevent another user from seeing or commenting on anything you post. But what if you just don’t want to see the other person’s posts and don’t mind them seeing or commenting on yours? This is what the […]

Keeping Kids Safe on Social Sites

Kids are especially vulnerable to the threats that social networking sites present. Although many of these sites have age restrictions, children may misrepresent their ages so that they can join. By teaching children about Internet safety, being aware of their online habits, and guiding them to appropriate sites, parents can make sure that the children […]

Use Twitter to check for bad URLs

Malicious links can catch you unaware, but Twitter can root them out. Its “t.co” service shortens URLs and cross-references the original, longer URL to make sure it’s from a legitimate source. If you copy and paste any URL onto t.co, you might receive a warning that “this link may be unsafe.” Twitter has a huge […]

Take time to limit exposure of private information

Default options on certain websites may be chosen for ease, not for security. For instance, avoid allowing a website to remember your password. If your password is stored, your profile and any account information you have provided on that site is readily available if an attacker gains access to your computer. Additionally, evaluate your settings […]

Do not trust everything you see online

When online a little bit of skepticism is helpful. People can post false or misleading information about various topics, including their own identities on social networking websites. It’s not always done with malicious intent; it could be unintentional, an exaggeration, or a joke. Take appropriate precautions, though, and try to verify the authenticity of any […]

Watch out for cyber risks when using social media

It’s best not to share personal information on social media. Take care with sensitive information especially anything that may help a person steal your identity or find you, such as your full name, Social Security number, address, birthdate, phone number, or where you were born.