Social media is the man’s briskest invention so far when it comes to meeting new people and sharing your thoughts, opinions, and personal details on yourself with the world. But is that really safe? – Think of all the internet security
and privacy threats you are exposed to. After all, social media platforms are the places where internet security breachers, such as hackers and identity thieves, first go to pick their targets.
- gather sensitive details on you such as e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth, passwords, and steal your identity or hack your bank account;
- use these details to craft targeted phishing attacks or convincing e-mails that include some kind of malware;
- easily find out your whereabouts and harass you or break in your house whenever you’re out.
Bearing this in mind, you should pay great attention to account and privacy settings, personal posts and check-ins to different places, as well as posts of other people, as these issues could translate into internet security disasters.
How can I avoid such complications while networking?
- 1. Get your account privacy settings right and share thoughtfully
We recommend you make your profile visible only to friends and think about how much information you want to share before you do. If you don’t, your internet security and privacy are at risk.
- 2. Don’t use the same passwords and e-mail addresses for everything
First off, make sure that passwords and e-mail addresses used in relation to banks and other such institutions are different from those used for accessing your social media accounts. Similarly, if you have social media accounts on several platforms, use a different password for each and make sure that none of them is related to topics you post about frequently. It’s all for your internet security and privacy.
- 3. Be careful with the apps you authorize to interact with your account
No matter how fun they seem to be, stay away from social media applications that ask for personal details, to allow you to carry on with installing them. Others can come bundled-up with some kind of malware, posing a serious internet security threat. Also, the ones you do authorize could disclose precious information on you – so be careful how you use them!
- 4. Be wary of suspicious links
Social networks “entice” cybercriminals to relentlessly try and get hold of private information for personal benefits. It’s only natural that they start doing it the easy way: by posting malicious links on popular social networks. Clearly, your internet security gets shaken up. Their attacks and phishing attempts can further take the form of invitations and messages sent by e-mail, from friends in your social media groups. These messages usually contain links leading to malicious websites. If you, somehow, get tricked you into accessing them, then your internet security is compromised. Thus, having an effective antivirus with antiphishing and link-scanning features is a must. And BullGuard Antivirus provides you with those and many more.
- 5. Get comprehensive and proactive internet security to counter all social media threats
Having just a virus removal tool installed on your PC doesn’t guarantee complete internet security, when networking. As BullGuard’s main concern is your online safety, BullGuard Internet Security 12 comprises the broadest range of internet security features, so that you and your kids can socialize and surf the net in full safety, with ease and confidence.
- 6. Don’t be complacent
Ever googled yourself? Try it and see how much info about you is available online. If there’s something that threatens your internet security and privacy, take a few minutes and mend the issue. Also, take time and read carefully the privacy settings of your social media accounts. It’s all about your safety!