“How to keep your Facebook account secure?” This is one of the most searched questions on the internet nowadays. Social media sites has changed the way we interact with our friends, colleagues and even with our family members. It has influenced the way we communicate with the rest of the world.
How to keep yourself secure on social media websites:
Social media sites have tools which let your friends and family know about you but it also attracts burglars and lawbreakers to steal and misuse your personal information for their wrong deeds.
We don’t stand between the crowd and shout that we are going on a vacation. However, we are doing the same when we post our travel plans, pictures and check-in status on social media websites.
Let me ask you a simple question.
‘Nice picture buddy’, ‘happy birthday dear’, or ‘Just checked in at Los Angelis International airport’
Does it sound familiar to you?
Most probably your answer would be ‘Yes’.
Now, if I ask you, how?
95 out of 100 will answer that they have received these kinds of comments, wishes and they update their check-in status or vocational photos usually.
What if I say someone is leaking your private information to some perpetrators?
Would you like to hit him hard?
You won’t believe me if I tell you that you are the sole responsible for leaking your sensitive and private information to the public which may include any delinquent doing something nefarious with the information you just provided to him.
Social media is a platform which has been widely accepted and websites like facebook, Snapchat and Instagram have elevated it to the next level.
You should know that there are many depraved persons who always keep an eye to get some information from anywhere and use it for any illicit purposes. You need to remember a few things before you sign-up for a social media site.
Everything you share on social media is permanent:
Remember one thing; whatever you post on the internet, is permanent. You never know if anyone has copied or saved your information or your pictures before you take it down. So post anything after pondering about that.
You can change your privacy settings before post anything. Share things with only trustworthy people or your friends and family member. You never know when anything going to backfire on you.
Don’t get trap into social engineering:
Be selective about whom you are choosing as a friend on social networking websites. Identity thieves may create fake profiles to get in touch with you and steal your personal or private information including security question using social engineering techniques.
Social engineering is a technique when someone tries to access your social media account with the help of the information they have about you. They may know your date of birth or your company name or your spouse name or your pet name. If you have set your security question like what is your pet’s name or your company name one can easily access your account. So be careful when someone is asking you for these kinds of information.
Be cautious about its T&C:
Do not allow social media websites and applications to scan your email address books. Some websites and gaming and fun related application scan your address book and send your contacts an unnecessary email to join their network.
Keep an eye when you sign up for any application. They may steal your login credentials as well if you don’t read the T&C properly. Some sites and apps explain it while some don’t especially dating websites. So don’t create a profile in every site you come across with, without reading its T&C about security and privacy.
Don’t share your private info on social media sites:
Never share your private information on any social networking site. You never know when someone is going to misuse your identity or information. It may get you into a serious offense. So never share
- Your social security number
- Your full address
- Your daily schedule
- Your bank account number and branch information
- Your travel plan or pictures when you are on holidays with your family
- Your date of birth, at least hide the year of birth if you like receiving many birthday wishes
Customize your privacy settings:
Make sure that you are well versed with the security settings. Customize the privacy settings and control who can see or access your personal information and photos. Create a strong password and don’t share it with anyone. If it’s necessary to change it after the work is done.
Facebook gives you a good security environment with lots of settings and features to customize and control but all social media site doesn’t. So be vigilant while doing this.
Don’t be overconfident:
One more thing you should keep in mind that the internet can provide a sense of anonymity to anyone, and they can pervert their identity and motives. So be suspicious and verify the facts and the request you receive especially if someone is trying to get your personal or official information.
There are programs and apps which are designed to invade into your account and steal your information. Any content like image or video having any kind of nudity or vulgarity gets viral easily. Don’t get scammed by clicking on such content.
There are apps which ask you to log in and offer some likes and shares. These apps may steal your credentials to misuse it. Keep yourself updated with trending social media scams to avoid any inconvenience.
Be Careful when making online payments:
You might be shopping online for a long time now. Let me ask you a question, how many times you have shopped something from a secure website?
You may not answer this properly because most of the time when you search anything online and you get it on any website; you just fill your address and make the payments. You become so excited that you never bothered to check whether that is a secure website or not.
Don’t share your address, mobile number, and any other personal information to any haphazard shopping website. They can save your credit card detail to make further transactions. Always make sure its URL says https rather than HTTP.
Don’t click on every link you receive on social media:
You should be watchful to the links you receive in messages or comments asking to click or open those. Don’t open any link which is coming from the person you know only on social media site and don’t know personally. It may install malicious and harmful items on your computer.
Don’t fall into the trap of the messages offering you Instagram likes or facebook shares or offers something incredible to buy.
Choose ‘do not trace’ option on websites and keep clearing cookies and caches. These cookies can trace your browser as you move from site to site.
Social media provide us with a platform to be social and friendly with everyone out there. However, there are some transgressors who use it for their illicit deeds.
You need to keep yourself secure from those and remember what to share and what not. Delete the old accounts you no longer use. Create a strong password and keep changing it frequently. Don’t victimize yourself with your own agnosticism.