Social media is a popular place for friends to keep in touch and brands to grow a following. Although the apps are used for great reasons like reconnecting with old pals or finding new family members, there are predators out on the web who are looking to steal your information. Whether you’re on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, it’s important to stay safe on social media!
Here are 4 tips to help you stay as safe as possible:
1. Be careful what you post.
Some people have a tendency of sharing too much personal information on their social profiles. Remember that anybody can read anything you post once it’s published online. Avoid oversharing by keeping things simple, short, and sweet.
Which brings us to #2…
2. Beware of your privacy and security settings.
Are your posts visible to only friends and family, or can the public view them too? Is your location turned on so people can see the town or place you’ve posted a status or photo from? Be sure to adjust these settings so more intimate posts are private, especially if you’re posting information or photos of your children and loved ones.
3. Turn off your location services when you’re not using the app.
There is no need for an app to detect where you are located when you’re not using it. This quick fix can prevent you from being followed or having find the address of your home or workplace when you least expect (or want) it.
4. Perform a reverse lookup or online background check on unknown people who try to add you as a friend.
Social media apps are great networking tools. However, there are millions of fake accounts made by those who are looking to add you for the wrong reasons. If you’re ever curious about who has just requested you, don’t hesitate to perform an online background check on that person, especially if you don’t have any mutual friends or the profile looks like a potential fraud.
Are you staying safe on social media? If not, get started NOW by using these 4 tips!
How do you stay secure in today’s digital world? Let us know in the comments below!
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