October 1, 2016

8 Things to Stop Doing on Social Networking Websites

We all use social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, etc. Even I am also addicted to Facebook. But I think most of us are not aware about the harms of information sharing over the social network.

Internet is both unsafe and safe area; information exchanged over the web can be hacked or misused. So you must be aware about the real values hidden behind social networking.

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Here are the few things which you must NOT practice while using any social networking.

Exploring All Personal Details

It’s a very usual habit, when we newly get admitted in any social media. It asks for fulfilment of your profile, and most of us in new excitement start filling each and every major or minor details, which we don’t even specifies in our bio data. It’s recommended not to specify any personal details like address, phone number or any sensitive information in your profile.

Using a Weak Password

It is the first priority to be taken care of. Avoid using simple words or numbers as your password, which you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Always focus on using mix upper and lower case letters, number and symbols. Try to keep your password of at least eight characters.

Best option you can follow is to insert number or symbols in the middle of the word, such as “ho34ks23sdf” (Tough but more safe). :)

Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile

You might be thinking why birth date is conscious information on social network? Yes, it is because it’s an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you have already specified your full birthday then, go to your profile page, edit the information, and choose only to show month and day.

Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls

Always keep control on your privacy settings. All social networks allow you to configure or modify your privacy controls. Keep limited access of your photos, videos, religious views, and family information. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos or block particular people from seeing them.

Playing Games Addictively

It’s very fine, if you want to play mafia wars or Farmville, with a friend. I myself play these games as well but when these games ask you if you want to publish something to your wall or status for announcing about some achievement, hit the “skip” button. Don’t tell the world. If you are sending some gifts, send it only to those friends who are playing the game with you.

It’s a good habit to delete the app/game you are not going to use in future.

Entering ANY Unknown Contest

Do take care, if any contest is saying that, they will offer you iPad, iPhone or any hot gadget as a grand prize. Seriously, you are NOT going to win. Go buy some scratch tickets instead.

Mentioning That You’ll Be Away From Home

Don’t do that, it’s just like putting a “No one at Home” notice outside your house door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome the vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.

Letting Search Engines Find You

To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, change your privacy controls and select the option of showing the results in only local search not in public search results.

The most popular proverb explains: “Safety is better than cure” :).

Go and modify your social profiles today until it becomes too late.

About Rajan Balana

I am Rajan Balana, A Blogger from Rajasthan. I love playing PS2 and enjoy blogging.

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  8. Rajan,

    “Exploring All Personal Details”, I think you mean “Exposing”.

    Recent studies actually show that weak passwords aren’t really of concern (as long as they aren’t dictionary words), but it’s the password reuse that is a problem. Most people have one password for every site, which is a huge problem.

    Personally I use Chrome SuperPass extension (there’s a similarly named analog for Firefox), which just asks me for master password and generates “stong” password, basing it on site domain. That means that each site gets a new password and I don’t have to remember them all. :)

  9. Great tips Rajan, Social network is more useful as well as more dangerous too. One should have to keep his information too safe to avoid intruders and hackers. Thanks for the valid tips Rajan.

  10. Pankaj Gupta says:

    Many Users have habit of reading others profiles. I totally dislike such things.. And all other points are very useful.. Thanks for sharing..

  11. Thank you for the comment brother :)

  12. Yes i mean exposing,

    Thanks for sharing this information :)

  13. Hi Rajan
    I think its best to have a different personal id altogther :)

  14. Yes DTP, I agree with your point, we should use a different personal ID.

    Thanks for the comment. :)

  15. Most of the people who practice these are the ones which belong to the non-technical world.
    They don’t even know about how much control they have over their privacy and how can they use them.

  16. Nice Article

  17. Nice article, but I prefer to be visible on searches… thats why actually I became a blogger, rite? 😉

  18. People are rather reckless when it comes to giving away private information on-line.

    There used to be a website called Please Rob Me which would gather information from Twitter and produce a list of empty houses in order to show how easy it is to find out such information.

  19. Everytime I get into Facebook I just come up for one work but other things attracts me and I waste much more time.

  20. What are the problems which will occur for display of full date of birth?? now i amgoing to chage

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