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Don’t believe (or share) every meme you see

Memes are another common source of misinformation on social media and the internet. Because people have a natural inclination to share something if it makes them laugh, bad actors can create memes that suggest things that aren’t true in order to spread misinformation. Memes are extremely easy to produce (there are even meme generators that […]

Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know

Bad actors looking for personal information might be trying to access your friends-only posts for nefarious purposes. Only accept friend requests from people you know.

Be careful what you post publicly on social media — it’s there forever

You might think something you post on social media will go over well now, but make sure you ask yourself whether you’d want someone seeing it five years later. If you insist on posting something, you may want to at least restrict who can see it. If a post is just meant for friends or […]

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 “” 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, you might receive a warning that “this link may be unsafe.” Twitter has a huge […]