Online Security Precautions – Part 1

Security Precautions – Everyone should keep in mind when using Social Networking

  • Social networking means opening up and sharing information online with others, but there’s some information you should never share online.
  • Never use the same passwords that you use at work on a social networking site.
  • Limit the amount of identifying information you use, like your birth date, address, full name, etc.(This step can also helpprevent identity theft.)
  • Limit usage of social networking sites to personal use only. Do not write about work issues. Always assume everyone in the world will be able to see what you’re writing even if the site limits your post to your friends exclusively.
  • Try to avoid mentioning where you work; so that if you mention something you thought innocent (but that might be valuable information for hackers) they will not know who to target.
  • Be wary of what you’re posting. If you use your pet’s name as a password anywhere do not post about it on your social networking sites naming it.
  • Do not log on your social networking page from public computers such as internet cafes where someone may have installed key logger and would later get access to your credentials.
  • Do not automatically trust that posts are from who they claim they are ; if your workmate sends you a private message asking for some confidential information first verify that he/she did really send you that message as their account might have been compromised.
  • Do not send confidential information through a social networking site even if someone who has legitimate access to that i nformation asks you to.
  • Beware of what links you click and  what software you download and install. Do not trust links/software sent by your friends implicitly as they themselves might not be aware it includes malware or their account might have been compromised.
  • Always be cautions on social networks. If someone ask to be friend on social networking site and profile appears to match a work mate, check personally with that person before accepting him as he could be an imposter. Also be skeptical of any offers or prizes you might have been told you won, they might actually be phishing attacks.
  • Ensure your computer is up to date and has good antivirus protection; social networking sites are frequent targets of malware attacks.
  • Protecting yourself from sharing Too Much Information (TMI) can save you from identity theft and even protect your physical safety. So let’s start with obvious.. never share your AADHAR number (including even just the last 4 digits), your Birth Date, Home Address or Mobile number. Of course, you should protect all of your passwords, PIN numbers, bank account and credit card information.

 

There are many more tips to stay safe while using social networking. There are many conditions covered in next 4 parts. Next part will be posted tommorow.

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