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.
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.