Do you enjoy social networking? Well, the answer is resounding yes because these sites let’s you to sit alone on the couch and get camaraderie of like minded people. You can have a trash talk with the person who is cheering your competitor or give a high five to your friends.
The most entertaining part of social media is networking and sharing. However, the dangerous part is also the same.
Personal information is exchanged as the conversation is happening on the private space. But the fact remains that you are talking aloud in the public.
Depending upon the privacy settings, large group of people you don’t know you or possibly the whole world have an access to your conversations and cutting remarks.
Online Social Media users need to safeguard their private information to remain safe and secured in the real life.
Here’s a list on what to do and what not to do, while sharing personal information on social media or web 2.0 websites.
Take Benefit of Privacy Settings
The privacy settings keep your competitor at a bay. No one can comment or remark on your page. Apart from that, you can share images with few people or few friends or create group and connect with your family, team, film club, etc.
Don’t announce vacation plans publicly
Its in your best interest not to announce vacation plans because it may attract a lot of real life problems. Wait till you return to the home and then share vacation online.
Don’t limit this advice to vacation; instead practice it anywhere you go.
Accept Friend Request only from the friends
Another thing that you need to keep in mind is accept friend requests only from the people you know. If you’re not sure about the same ask them out or verify them on Google or snopes.com to ensure that request is not hoax.
Don’t add too much information
Everyone likes to receive birthday greeting, so share the date. But don’t add year when you were born, home address and contact number or other personal information, as it gives criminal a chance to intrude and steal your information.
Don’t click links randomly
It is in your interest not to click the link on a random basis, as a lot of malware shows up through the status updates or through these links. If you aren’t sure of the link, especially if it is a shortened url, then ask the sender whether it is a legitimate link or not.
Don’t trust everyone
The intruders often take benefit of higher doses of the trust level in the social media. They post scams and ask people to send money for the illicit reasons. They disguise and call themselves as your potential friends- like do you recognize me, well we both have many things in common like movie stars, likes or preferences, etc.
The only thing that you need to remember is the Internet is not a platform to share information. Add only the information that you’re comfortable in sharing.