10 tips for being safe on social media

Find out how to protect your privacy online simply and effectively.

  1. Foreword

On this Whit Monday, I invite you to talk a little about Internet security and especially on social media. Respect for online privacy has always been a problem for any user browsing the web, and it is even more relevant today with the famous right to be forgotten form made available to Internet users by Google.

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With more than 40,000 requests to remove personal data two days after its launch, it is clear that users are very concerned about their online reputation as well as the preservation of their personal data.

And yet there are simple rules to follow and adopt on a daily basis, you should always be wary of questionable requests to reset your password, add a friend, etc. This can very quickly lead to the persecution of a person, which can go as far as causing financial, moral, physical damage or even causing the suicide of a person … We are all concerned children, adolescents, parents, grandparents.

At the same time, social networks are trying their best to play the game of safety. But efforts are being made in particular on the side of Facebook, with improved privacy settings.

There are also social networks that are on the rise, these are those that are anonymous or those with posts that “ disappear ” after a while.

But is it really enough? Instead of waiting for online platforms to strengthen their security, it is better than ourselves, we act now by being more vigilant.

  1. Advice

Here are the 10 tips that YOURinfoGRAPHIC offers us to apply to be safe on social media:

  1. Create anonymity

Create a new email address. Do not have any identifiable characteristics (such as first and last name, year of birth, or zip code) in the email address or profile settings.

Create social media pages using this new email address and add only those you really trust. Also, avoid tagging photos.

  1. Use strong passwords

Update your passwords for all the accounts you have, and be sure to use strong passwords on any new accounts you create. Use letters (at least CAPITAL) and numbers, and consider using special characters (! @ # $%) As well.

Do not use a password that can be guessed.

  1. Increase and improve its privacy settings

Each social network has an option for “privacy settings” to allow you to increase the security of your account so that only your friends or specific lists of people can see your messages and private information. Never leave the default settings.

  1. Avoid being identified by location

Turn off location settings and never share your location (including city trips and vacations). Likewise, don’t share information after the fact, people can note your habits and predict when and where you are going to be.

  1. Add Friends Carefully

Make sure you know the people who are adding you. Send a private message before accepting a friend request and ask the person for something that proves who they are. Even if you think you recognized the name or the photo, you can never be too careful (this is a common hacking technique).

  1. Don’t Share Personal Information

This includes social insurance numbers, address, your mother’s maiden name, year of birth, phone number, and bank details. These can be used by identity thieves. If someone has a legitimate need for this information, they can contact you in another way.

  1. Publish, Repost, Like

Nothing on the Internet is completely safe. Anyone can save or take a screenshot of what you post and share, so be careful with your posts. Suppose everything you post is permanent. Never post anything about yourself, your family, your friends that you (and them) don’t want to be public. Never post something you might regret.

  1. Protect your image and reputation

If someone posts something about you that you don’t like, say it makes you uncomfortable and ask to remove the content. Periodically check “photos of me” to see if anyone has posted, and check your wall to see if you are “tagged”. If someone refuses to take something away from you, you can block the person and/or report them.

  1. Watch out for fraudulent links

Hackers can break your account or a virus can spread if you click on links you are not sure about. If someone posts something that you don’t think they normally would, or something that seems strange to you, message them about it and let them know that you think they may. -being hacked.

  1. Know what to do next

If you are a victim of harassment, please save (or take a screenshot) the offensive communication or post. Report them on the site and contact people who can help you in this situation (such as a lawyer, counselor, or social worker).

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