Web Desk (June 30, 2018): Something that started as online phenomenon, ended up being the lifeline for everyone on the Internet. Social media is fun and a great way to stay connected to people.
June 30 is marked as ‘Social Media Day’ and should be celebrated on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram accounts.However, the pressure to be popular or viral on social media has made people do illogical things just to grab attention. The risks of oversharing on social media can be quite dangerous.
But, these are five other dangerous habits you must quit to avoid being victims on social media.
Being Too Public
Sharing everything with everybody is not considered to be a very clever thing to do. Take the time to explore all settings, try different options to suit the best privacy setting. As you get better at using the privacy settings, bear in mind that not all privacy settings translate between websites.For instance, as reported some time ago that photographs set to ‘private’ on Facebook were still indexed publicly in Google Image Search—and could be found by searching for their names. If you don’t want it found publicly, simply don’t post it.
Being ‘Friends’ With Everyone
Some time ago, social media users use to compete with one another to have the largest number of connections. However, trend seems to have changed now. Smart users know that the more people you are connected to, the harder it is to control what happens to the information you post.Make sure you know the people you add on social media, in real life. Don’t hesitate to use the block feature when the situation seems to be needed for it.
Being Too Personal
Social engineering involves attackers using information they can glean from your public profiles like, date of birth, education, interests and to try to get into your accounts on all sorts of services.Just imagine how easily someone can find out the name of your first pet or school from your social media profile. Also think about how many services use them as security questions. Keep as much of your profile private as you can and think twice before posting every aspect of your life online.
Being Always Logged-On
Specially, if you are using a public computer, make it a ritual to log out. Also log out of private devices from time to time as well.Logging out ensure that other people won’t snoop your social media profile and use it to attack your friends, change your personal information to embarrassing or slanderous comments, or worse, change your password and lock you out of your own account entirely.
Using Common Passwords
It is a trouble, but it is absolutely essential that you don’t use the same password for Twitter as you do for Facebook, Instagram and other social media websites. Using a single password makes it easy for hackers, as gaining access to one means gaining access to all.Imagine how painful it will be when you find you’re locked out of your entire online life. When you use one password for multiple services, you’re only as safe as the least secure service you use.