The Internet has proved to be a veritable boon to most business ventures. But, it is essential that you know how to protect your privacy and avoid frauds by mischief-makers. Remember some fraudsters misuse information available online to harass willfully or even malign you.
Phishing, as you may be aware, is the shameless attempt to access sensitive financial or personal information from Internet users. This phishing adventure usually begins with an innocuous email that looks as if it is from an entirely legitimate source.
The email may contain a link to a bogus website that looks like an official site. Fraudsters will insist you provide account and password information so that they have access to your account.
Make it a point to check the default privacy settings when opening any account on a social media website. Please know that the default privacy settings on many social media websites are invariably quite exhaustive and may allow sharing of information to a vast online community.
Modify the setting – if you strongly feel so – before posting any essential information on a social media website.
Many social media websites may demand biographical information for opening an account. You can, however, restrict the information you make available to other social media users. It is worthwhile customizing your privacy settings to minimize the biographical information others can see on the website.
Never part with any sensitive account information, social security numbers, bank information or other such personal financial information on a social media website.
Be guarded when choosing friends or contacts on a social media site. There is no obligation to accept a friendship request from a service provider or anyone you do not know well or a suspicious person.
Familiarize yourself with the functionality of the social media website before publishing messages on the site. Decide who should be able to see your messages — only specified recipients.
As with all computer and web-based accounts, take necessary safeguards to keep your social media account information secure. Select a strong alphanumeric password, make it secure, and change it as often as possible. Also, use different passwords for different accounts.
Be highly guarded when using public computers or wireless connections. Strictly avoid accessing your social media accounts on public or other shared computers. But if you are compelled to do so, do not forget to log out completely by clicking the “log out” button on the respective social media website to terminate the online session.
Avoid accessing your social media accounts on public wireless connections, such as at a coffee shop or airport. Do not give room for people to overhear your messages including passwords and other sensitive data, on a public wireless network.
If your mobile devices are linked to your social media accounts, ensure that these devices are password protected in case they are misplaced, lost or stolen.Tags: Protect Your Social Media Account, Protect Your Social Media Account from Hackers