Social Networking has been a blessing for many of us. With the use of the internet, people are able to communicate with their loved ones and also learn about everything going on around the world. But the use of social networks has also brought benefits to online criminals and fraudsters, who take advantage and use information to create bug accounts. With the help of the bug accounts they can get access to plenty of information.
The act of obtaining private or financial information from a person is called phishing and this act usually starts with an innocent “email” which seems from a legit source such as your bank.
While the user clicks on the links from inside the email, hackers get all the personal information they need. It is important to know how to prevent hackers from getting your private information. This article presents a few ways to ensure your online security.
Be aware of your Privacy Settings
On each account owned on a social media platform, users should be aware of the privacy settings they have. Most users do not bother to check and the privacy settings remain the default ones, which are not always to their advantage. For example, users can decide who can have access to the information they share.
Your Bio Information could make you a future target
Most social media websites ask users personal information when they create an account. There are tools that can limit who can see this information when they access your page. It is important to learn how to customize personal profiles.
Why are you sharing your account details?
Most might think it goes without saying, but apparently, there are still people out there who share on social media information or pictures containing their social security number, bank account, driver’s license number and other personal information. The best way to use this kind of information is through emails, telephone or mail letters if direct communication is not possible.
Do you know all these people?
Friends and contacts are important on social media because some requests from unknown people could in fact be bug accounts. Once the user clicks and accepts their friend request, malicious software invades their device. It is not necessary to accept every friend request and like every page, it is suggested to you.
Learn how to use the website on which you created an account
It is important to know at least the main features of each website you create an account on. This will help understand how it works and also detect suspicious activity.
All information shared online stays there forever
Once something is shared online, it will stay there forever. The internet is designed in such a way that anything shared online remains there and there are people who are really good at finding information people deem as lost.
Job recruiters spy on your social network account
A recent study showed that job recruiters reject over 70% of the applicants due to something they did not like on the applicant’s social media profile: for example when the applicant has a status using curse words or offensive language and pictures with offensive behavior.
The antivirus must be up to date
It is a must to have the antivirus system always updated in order to ensure that nothing threatens your system’s safety. A simple pop-up or a link or infected ad banner can get you into trouble. The same goes for passwords: users need to use difficult and unpredictable passwords to protect their online accounts. The most unadvised type of passwords are those containing birthday dates and numbers or other personal information as such.