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Important eleven ways to protect your online social networking accounts.
Posted Date: 29-Mar-2012
Here in this article I have given all the information about being safe online and how to protect your online social networking account. In that I have included eleven ways to protect your accounts and those are the most important ways to be safe when you are online chatting with your friend in the virtual world of internet and especially on any of the social networking sites.
What are exactly social networking sites ?
Social networking sites are those sites which helps to establish communications and contacts with anyone in this whole world. Because of these connections we are able to make a lot of friends to share our feelings with. There are many ways to have social life that is through
emails; chat rooms; forums thread; profile pages; online messages and other
and all these measures can be categorized under social networking with your friends. And also it is important to know that today in this modern times, such
social networking sites are not only used for personal use but also it is used by professional as well
to maintain good relationship with their clients and to established new clients also. So it can be said that today for almost each and every one of us do have a account and hence it becomes really very important to be secure from all the
disadvantages of such social networking sites
. I agree that such sites do
have a lot of benefits
; but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Social networking sites do have some security implications :
It is true that social networking sites do have security implications from their sides and also they have made allot of effort to maintain their eruption in the market; by keeping the danger of the hacker at bay. But it is also true that we really don't think about security when we decide to register for any of the social networking sites. And we obviously don't do it purpose; but following are some of the reasons because of which we don't the security implications which is provided by the social networking sites so seriously :
It is obvious that the social networking sites ask for some personal details when you register for the same; but while registering you really don't give a thought whether I should provide this much personal details; or how much should I reveal about me? We simply give all the details asked by them without even giving a second thought to it.
When we register or browse at the social networking sites; we don't check for the security level of it. We are simply happy to get connected and chat with friends; we are simply not bothering with the scams; and other illegal activity of the hack which are always ready to attack your account because of lack of security.
When the site ask for some of your details; so that other can search for you and add you as a friends or to make it easy for you to get connected to as many as people you want. Only for this
you tailor some of your information to make your profile look attract
and you simply do this to impress potential friends and to attract many people to your profile. By doing so you are
inviting hackers to come and hack your account.
Because of all the reasons which I have stated above makes your profile weak and hackers get golden opportunity to
hack your account and misuse it
. So it is very important to secure your social networking account; so that nobody misuses it in any manner. Below I am going to provide you simply ways of protecting your account.
Eleven ways to protect your social networking accounts :
1. Keep your children safe :
It is very important to understand the seriousness of use of internet so it is important to educate your child on how to use the social site and always have the
parental lock on access of some adult content
to be completely safe.
2. Using and maintaining anti-virus software :
Always keep an good quilt anti-virus installed in your computer; so that no virus can enter your computer through all such social networking sites and always make it an habit to check for the upgrade version of the anti-virus which you are currently using.
3. Web browser software should be up-dated regularly :
Just updating your anti-virus is really not enough; it is also important that you keep your browser which you use to browse and be online; to be completely safe from hackers who are ready to hack your computer through your browser; if it s not up-to-date.
4. Check the privacy policies of social networking sites :
Yes it is very important to check all the privacy policies which they provide you to go through before registering. Many of us simply ignore it and skip it; but actually it is important to read and then only you will come to know whether that social site will use your personal contact to promote other companies
products and services
; if you will not be caution about it; then you may get lots and lots of scams mails; calls and smses also.
5. Always use strong password :
Always remember whenever you are sing-up for any of the social sites or at any of the services of internet; then you should use a
very strong passwords
; which nobody can predict. This on step will be the best security which you can give to your account. And also you should never share your passwords with anybody to be safer and hence avoid any further problems regarding your online account.
6. Modify your settings manually :
In many of the social networking sites they do provide you with settings which you can modify according to you. And it will be smart of you to modify it according to your comfort. Make sure that your personal details should be visible to your friends whom you know personally. It is also observed in many of the social sites that they make the settings into default sometimes; so it important to keep in checking it and
setting it manually
7. Allowing access to third-party applications :
It is also seen in many of the social networking sites that they sometimes; actually many times ask for your permission to give access to third-party applications; and giving access means that
they can use your personal details
. So next time when third-party applications ask for your permission to access your details then check whether the applications is genuine and not scams. If you have doubt about the applications then never allowing them to access your personal details.
8. Be skeptical about other information :
Whenever we are going through somebody's profile; we definitely go through his or her personal details and thoughts; but we think that all what is written is true. And we come cross such person then we believe on their each and every detail which they have provided. You should be very skeptical about all these things when you are meeting new people online.
9. Be aware of strangers :
As I have mentioned in the above points about being skeptical; and the main reason is to get alert of strangers whom you cannot trust. Such people try to contact you and may also contact your friends to get in touch with you. And after that make friendship or romantic relationship with you and then may want to meet you in person. And such situation can be very dangerous for you and your future. So before accepting anybody's friend request; be sure about him or her and then only take further step.
10. Internet is all about public show :
whenever internet comes to our mind a whole new world comes forward and that world is called virtual world. So be very cautious when you are updating your status or adding any new photos or details about yourself. Once you once you have added any information are gets totally public and also remember that even if you remove it; still it can be present on somebody's browser because of cache present in their browser. So be very careful when you are revealing anything about you or about anybody's life.
11. Limit the amount of your personal details :
When you are registering or updating your profile; it becomes very important to remember that you should always provide minimum personal details about yourself and that involves your full name; address; phone number and other So next time try to
limit your personal details
to avoid attraction of hackers to your profile page.
I hope you liked the articles about being safe online on social networking sites and how to protect yourself from hackers and other scams
when you are online
. Do follow all the points which I have included above and make your life much easier when you are getting online to chat with your friends.
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