As we all know, social media has become second nature to our world. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are a few of the most popular social media platforms and throughout the years have continued to grow. With the vast amounts of account holders can also come with a vast amount of scammers and quite frankly, people often look over the fact that social media can be seen by many and holds a lot of personal information. Social media is a great place to reconnect with people from your past, keep in touch with your friends, and an easy way to meet people with interests like you. However, social media needs to be taken seriously when it comes to online safety. We have put together easy ways for you to help protect you from social media scammers.
Don’t reveal too much
Revealing too much information over social media is a common risk; people will post confidential information such as locations, full names, birth date, etc. usually without realizing that it makes them an easy target for someone to gain access to even more sensitive information. This is why it is so important to stay aware when posting anything on a public profile of social media.
Set up your privacy
Most, if not all, social media platforms have the ability to create a private account. These private accounts allow you to accept and deny follow/ friend requests. This is very beneficial because you can monitor who sees what you post based on if you accept or deny their request. Be careful when accepting friend requests, it is common for people to create “fake” accounts and make you think they are who they say. Setting your personal accounts as private is the most effective way to keep your accounts secure and to keep your information safe.
Secure your device
Securing your device as a whole will help the possibility of someone hacking or stealing the information store on your phone. The best way to do this is with a passcode and/or biometrics. Always keep your passwords to yourself to ensure they are secure. If you are not on your personal device, be sure to log out so the next person does not have the ability to gain access to your account.
Pay attention to the things you are posting to social media platforms and take all the precautions necessary to keep you and your personal information safe.