How to Protect Your Social Networking Accounts

In this fast growing world it’s internet that have made people lives easier. But it becomes really very very important to protect yourselves and your personal information if you want to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. There are fraudsters and criminals present who can use your information to create fake accounts. In fact they can do use of your information for phishing or soliciting

Phising act begins with a email or call which claims to be from bank or some trusted source you know. And they’ll ask you to move forward to some link which look likes of the trusted source and they ask for your personal information including your passwords. If you failed to catch their trick they’ll successfully have your personal information with them.

1) Inspect privacy settings and avoid sharing details online:

Privacy settings are the most important thing which needs to be reviewed. Generally people keep it by default but you need to change it for your account to make your account secure. Keep the things private wherever needed. For example while creating any social media account website ask for your personal information. Just limit others those who are not your contact to review this information.

Always think twice before sharing anything personal. Since anyone can misuse your data at some other sources. So if you don’t want to embarrass yourself in give a think on it before posting image or any message.

2) Add contacts and friends wisely:

It’s not recommended to accept every friend request until you know them. Although people sign up on these social media account to get connected with their family and friends but connecting with some unknown may create risk for you. So avoid it.

3) Refrain from sharing account details:

If you want to reduce the risk of reaching your sensitive details in a wrong hand always use sponsored communication options such as telephone, emails or direct communication via website. Always try to keep your sensitive details like account no, social security number etc to be private.

4) Always keep antivirus software updated:

If you want your web browsing protected from potential threats that generally picked up via social accounts then you need to regularly update your antivirus.

5) Be loud and clear if you are not comfortable and take immediate action:

Although respecting one’s opinion is our responsibility but if you are uncomfortable or founds anything inappropriate in the opinions shared online, be loud and clear. This will help you to set a boundary for a type of content appears on your page or account.

If someone tries to harass you online or tries to threats you, immediately contact admin of the website. Moreover you can take additional actions also like you can block them from your list

6) Always control your online presence:

Before sharing any of your data always keep track of to whom you are sharing with. Check and update you security settings to keep yourself safe.

7) Use strong and different password for each account:

Use at least 12 characters of password with a mix of lower and upper case letter, symbols and numbers. Creating strong password will always help you to reduce the hacking risk.

Always keep different password for different account. Although it’s really tough to remember all password but it always advisable to throw off cyber criminals.

8) Keep tweets protected:

If you don’t want other people to view what you share, then you can choose protected twitter account. It’ll be also beneficial for you if you don’t want search engine to index your view and nobody van view them in Google search.

9) Turn off broadcast activity and limit update to you followers on LinkedIn:

If you want to limit the information for your followers do use of Broadcast Activity feature. Since LinkedIn has this features which shares your update with those organizations and people to whom you follow.

Also those people will also get your update who has subscribed to get your update. Although you can limit it by using privacy settings to select who can receive updates you post.

10) Restrict friend request and Facebook tagging feature:

Limit the people who can send you friend requests. Since many times some requests are also send by cyber criminals, they send request to spam or phish people. So restrict the friend request by privacy settings and select “Who can contact me?”

With the help of Facebook settings titled “Timeline & Tagging” set limits for what can be shared using your name. Like if your friend is sharing a pic which includes you but you don’t want it to get shared with others. So one he/she will tag your name, you will get to know about it first. And it get published after you’ll give the approval for the same.

Hope these tips will surely help you to protect your social accounts and will help you to resolve your important security concerns. Share with your family and friends also to make them and their social accounts secure.For any other security clarity please post your doubts in the comment box.