Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter have become an integral part of our online lives. It has become a way of life. Most people log in to their social media accounts to communicate with their family and friends and keep them updated about what’s happening in their lives. But as the popularity of social media grows, so do the risks of using them.
With the amount of information you share on social media, scammers, con artist and identity thieves see it as the perfect place to set their traps. As such, we should all take the necessary steps to protect our identity.
Social media is supposed to be fun. Let’s keep it that way by protecting yourself when using these sites.
Separate accounts, separate passwords
According to studies, 55% of users use the same password for most, if not all, of their online accounts. But with the increase in malicious softwares and phishing attacks, this puts you at risk of falling victim to internet fraud. Use different strong passwords on different website where you have an account. This will help keep your accounts and your identity safe.
Keep personal information personal
Your social media profile can be a gold mine for online thieves. Avoid posting personal information such as your phone number, address, schools, old workplaces, where you were born etc. Many sites ask you to enter these information in security questions. If these information are readily available on your social media sites, then you’re practically giving scammers easy access to your accounts.
Be careful what you disclose
Sharing has always been a prominent part of what the internet is. But please exercise caution when posting on social media. Think about the people who could see what you have posted. Also, remember that the internet is permanent. Once you put it out there, it stays there forever.
Don’t post the dates you are away on a holiday, issues with your parents, drama with your friends, complaints about your boss.
Ignore messages from strangers
Social media is a great place to connect with their family and friends and even meet new friends. But many of these sites have become haven for scammers, con artists and identity thieves. For your safety and security, we recommend that you ignore or delete messages that you receive from an unknown sender. Also, be cautious when accepting friends on social media.