So how can you be social on social media and still be safe? The average person on Facebook shares 13 pieces of personal information from name and email all the way to their mother’s maiden name and home addresses. Those small parts of information alone can’t bother you too much but put together can unravel your life in minutes. Think about what you could be telling someone when you check in at home or a local business? It doesn’t help when you have no idea who is looking at your profiles.
Once your e-mail is stolen, hackers can hackers can get in to any other accounts that are linked to that e-mail account. All they have to do is go to your bank and click the "reset password" link and follow the prompts till it sends a password reset link to your e-mail account.
7 Ways To Secure Your Facebook Without Missing Out on the Fun:
- Preview your profiles as others would see it. Make sure you know what is visible and not. Make changes.
- Share only partial details like month and year but not date of your birthday.
- Only ever ‘Friend’ people you know and trust and know.
- Be wary of duplicate or ‘odd’ friend activity. This is a scam made from public information.
- Ignore uncharacteristic money requests, even from people you know. Call to verify.
- Update your past privacy settings often.
- Set default future sharing to ‘friends only’
If you follow these simple 7 steps you should be able to keep yourself safe on social media and help midigate the spread of viruses and other social scams.