Guest Post by MJ Schrader
Social media is great (especially during a web challenge such as the Ultimate Blog Challenge). Unfortunately it is easy to get caught up in the doing that we forget about security. Yes, you need to think about security when using social media as well.
1) Use a secure and different password
Your password should be a variety of letters and numbers, other characters as well if the site permits. But not only that, make certain each of your social media sites has a different password.
Can’t remember all those passwords? Then get a password manager or make up a code like EgBdF98FB% for “Every Good Boy Does Fine” 98 because it’s a number you remember, FB for FaceBook and the % sign for a character. Or make it more creative by switching out some numbers or other characters for letters.
2) Don’t give away your location.
It’s great telling your friends you are at the movies, but you may have also just told people with fake profiles, scammers and strangers that they can stalk you at that movie theater. Or that if they want to rob your house, you won’t be home for two hours. (or that whole weekend!)
Instead, don’t say where you were or wait until you are elsewhere. Then you can say, “I was just at the Hollywood 30 watching Jurassic Park 3D! It rocked!” (Ok, you might not have watched Jurassic Park 3D, but I’d like to!)
3) Hover over that link!
Ow.ly Bit.ly all these short links are easy to add to social media. Your friend may have posted that link. But these may not go where you expect.
Scammers may have used your friend’s profile to post the link. Your friend may have not even looked at the link and just shared it. It may sound good, but be careful to hover over the link to see if it goes where it says and to a respectable website before sharing it and letting it spread further.
4) Fact Check
No, Facebook is not going to change colors just because you like a post. You aren’t going to get money that so and so is sharing just for sharing this post. That missing teen was found 10 years ago, if they were missing at all.
That crazy video with a link offsite is probably to a website with a virus. The “is this you?” is probably malware. And make certain you are at Facebook, Twitter, or Google before you actually login. If it’s not the right name, don’t login.
5) Don’t blindly add people
Similar to fact check, fact check the person before you add them. See if they have people in common with you. Check their pictures, do they look real. Is this someone you have seen around on Facebook? If they have friends in common, you should be seeing them post on various accounts.
If you don’t feel comfortable with the person for any reason at all don’t add them. If you really want to, make certain to add them to a list that only sees things you would want to share with the whole world.
If you think you have malware or that someone may have gained access to your account, change your password immediately. Remove any offending posts. Run a virus scan on your computer.
There are many more tips for using social media, but these five cover the basics. Actually each tip has smaller tips in them to help keep you secure on social media so you got a few bonuses!
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