Whether you love it or hate it, social media is an inescapable component of our society. The average person now spends over 2 hours per day browsing social media, spread across eight or more social accounts.
While social media can be a great way to connect with friends and family, stay up to date on current events, and just distract yourself, it isn’t without its drawbacks. Especially when it comes to security.
To help you keep your information out of the wrong hands, we’ve put together some easy to follow tips on how to stay safe on social media.
Keep reading to learn how you can browse without worry
1. Think Twice Before Posting
What you post on social media can come back to bite you…hard. Whether you’re looking for a new job or in the midst of taking legal action, it’s important to remember that the things you post can come back to haunt you.
Let’s stick with the legal action example for a moment. Say you were hurt on the job and you’re suing your employer.
The opposition will no doubt scour your social profiles in an attempt to discredit you. If you’ve posted anything that could be remotely deemed suspect, your case could be at risk.
2. Set Smarter Security Standards
Technology might be everywhere, but that doesn’t mean we’re better at using it. Case and point, some of the top passwords are:
Poor password protection puts your information at risk. When setting a password, use at least one uppercase letter, as well as at least one number and a special character like a punctuation mark.
Another easy security practice is to enable two-factor authentication, which generates a unique code you’re required to input before logging in. If someone attempts to hack into your account, you’ll be the first to know.
3. Never List Personal Information
Geotagging can be a fun way to share what you’re up to. But it’s not necessarily the smartest info to include, especially if you’re worried about privacy.
The same goes for other personal information like your:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Home address
- Phone Number
While some social sites require this information to sign up, be sure to hide these details once your profile is complete.
4. Don’t Accept Every Friend Request You Get
Everyone loves getting friend requests and new followers! You should always check a person’s profile before accepting their request, however.
Scammers use bots to scrape accounts for information and prey on those who aren’t social media savvy.
5. Consider Installing Add-Ons
If you typically browse social media through a browser, adding a few extensions can change the information social sites have access to.
In particular, we recommend uBlock Origin, which blocks those annoying ads. Facebook Container is a great add-on that blocks trackers that collect your information and sell it to Facebook.
Stay Social, Stay Safe: How to Stay Safe on Social Media
Social media can be a ton of fun. At the same time, all users must know how to stay safe on social media, especially as scams continue to grow more sophisticated.
For more helpful information on keeping your tech safe and secure, make sure to check back with our blog!