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Pinterest is one of many new comers to the social media world this year, and if you’ve yet to try it out, we here at BullGuard urge you to do so, safely.

It’s a great site that lets you create your own online pinboard, you can ‘pin’ (upload) your pictures or ‘re-pin’ ones you find online. You can follow other users, and comment on pins, engaging in discussions with other Pinterest users.

It can be almost as time consuming as Facebook, but, much more educational and inspiring! You can learn about anything and everything from weight loss to fashion, do-it-yourself tips and cooking… just keep exploring! Thanks to their huge membership, there is always new content to check-out.

As you all know, here at BullGuard we like to keep it simple, AND safe. So, we must advise you that Pinterest has no real privacy controls in place, unlike Facebook and Google+, users are unable to limit who can see what, and no pinboard is private. If you create a Pinterest account through your Facebook account, Pinterest will automatically start following your friends with accounts on both social networking sites. Seems a little presumptuous, but they are being true to their Mission Statement: “Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” Unfortunately, you could…

End up connected to those that you don’t want to be connected to

Malware has become an issue on the site, as cybercriminals are updating the same scams they developed for Twitter and Facebook to be more visual in nature. Watch out for pins that ask you to ‘re-pin to win a prize’, complete any kind of survey, or offer you ‘free gift cards’. All of these are likely to result in malware being installed on your computer. As we always say, if it sounds too good to be true, IT IS!

So how can you protect yourself from scams on Pinterest?

  • Create a new account, not connected to your Facebook or Google+ account. This will help to limit the number of people you will automatically be following, and vice versa.
  • Invest in BullGuard Internet Security, the all-in-one security suite that guards you and your computer against ever-evolving malware and cybercrime.
  • Think twice about what you pin or re-pin. You can’t take it back!

How many Pinterest followers do you have? Are you worried about your Pinterest privacy?

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (198 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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