Don’t let social media put you at risk.
People use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to connect with others and share photos and personal messages. As these sites increase in popularity, so do the risks of using them. Follow these security tips to help protect yourself when you use social media.
1. Use strong passwords
- A strong password is a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Avoid using phrases that can be easily guessed.
- Use a different password for each service, and change passwords periodically.
2. Select secret answers
If a site requires a security question in addition to a username and password, pick the most obscure question, or type your own question if allowed. Never select a question with information found in public records or online, such as your mother’s maiden name. If necessary, make up an answer or use letters, numbers, and symbols.
3. Keep software up-to-date
Install software updates on all your devices, such as your smart phone, PC, and laptop. (This is especially important for web browsers.) If your operating system offers automatic updates, enable them. Maintain anti-virus software to protect against new viruses. Click here to learn more about protecting your computer.
4. Be wary of add-ons
Social networking sites often allow you to download third-party applications to enhance your personal page (for example, send greeting cards). Research any file before you download. Rogue apps can access your contacts to send spam messages or steal data.
5. Never share confidential information