iYogi Reviews: Top Security Measures for Social Networking Sites

Many people use social networking sites to communicate and stay connected with their relatives and friends. These sites are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals. The lack of physical contact on these social websites decreases the level of security, i.e., you can get caught in the phishing scams running on these websites, which would indirectly affect those that are there in your network. If your computer is not protected by security software like antivirus, firewall, etc., the hackers can use your passwords and endanger others related to you. It is advisable to never write or display sensitive information on the profile page so that unscrupulous people do not misuse the information. To know more about social networking sites through iYogi Reviews, Read more…

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Nelson Rory, Oslo

26 July, 2011

Yeah, you guys are absolutely right. Now, I”m not having an account in any social networking websites. So, I was not facing this type of issue. Some of my friends are very fond user of this networking site and they had faced this type of problem. Really, it”s so nice of you that you guys shared your experience with us and it”ll be a great help for those who had no idea about this.

Charles Sanders, Seattle

06 May, 2011

William is right! Adding strangers is a risk and it can end up with your account getting hacked. Apart from this, even clicking on links that are posted by strangers can direct you to a website having malware and cause the infection to gain access to your system and steal valuable data. Social networking users need to be extra careful as an infection can spread from one machine to another pretty quickly.

William Brown, Florida
25 April, 2011

Hey Scott, too bad you got caught in the trap. It”s one of the most basic things to take care of when you start to use social networking websites. Even if privacy settings are configured, it is possible to steal your identity. You might have added some stranger by mistake and that caused the whole issue. People reading this, never add strangers without references!

To hell with social networking!!

Scott Thomas, New York
15 April, 2011

I started social networking when my job took me to another town. I gradually got hooked to it as it was a simple and an effective communication tool. Being a beginner, I did not pay any attention to security and posted all my personal details. A couple of days back, I got a call from the local police station that I was involved in a scam. When I went downtown to sort the matter out, it seemed my identity had been stolen and was misused. I”ll delete my account as soon as I finish posting this.

Social Networking Sites: Untagging Photos

Jimmy Moore, Liverpool
08 April, 2011

One of the worst security measures that I have found truly does not work is when I want to untag my photos through a social networking profile site. This is one of the worst ways that people can be lulled into thinking that they are protected online.

When I first learned how to untag photos on my social networking site, I was so happy because it seemed I would never have to worry about others viewing unflattering photos of myself. Then came the day when one of the companies interviewing me for a job found all of my untagged photos online. I am not quite sure to this day how this company was able to find the photos but they did. I was not even called back for a second interview after this company saw all of my unflattering pictures. It was a really humiliating experience and it made me quite upset that I could not get the job of my dreams.

There is nothing worse than losing a job, simply because one could have taken extra precautions or some extra steps. I should have simply deleted my social networking profile page at the time when I was giving interviews. Had I done this, I would have avoided an entire world of trouble. I truly could have ended up getting that job, if only the company did not find all of my pictures. Since then, I have learned how to truly protect myself when it comes to online photos.

Social Networking Sites: Safety First

Ella Clark, Canberra

18 March, 2011

The Internet is both vast and complicated. Sometimes, it gets difficult or even impossible for an average individual to understand security related terms and phrases or the real context behind. You will have phrases that can only be understood by those who already know about security but not for people who have limited knowledge. I would say, Internet is more like a city. There are some streets you just do not walk down at 3 o”clock in the morning. Those streets exist on Internet but it is far easier for that element to spread out in even seemingly innocent places such as social networking sites.

Social networking sites are a great tool for maintaining contact with loved ones, finding old friends, or simply staying up to date. Due to these things, users get comfortable and end up providing far too much information. Privacy settings can help keep unwanted people from accessing this information. Most sites will have settings that will let you hide your most sensitive documentation.

A better solution is not to put that information up in the first place. Do not volunteer information that is not necessary. Do not post cell numbers or addresses in statuses, do not mention your own address in your profile, and never post any financial information or a Social Security number.

When you actually sign up for a social networking site, they will ask you for some information for your account. This is another area where discretion should be exercised. Do not give out information unless you have to. They may have privacy agreements, but what happens when their database security is compromised? There goes your information.

Most things when put on Internet will stay there forever. So, think before you post anything, lock your privacy settings down until you are comfortable with your public information, and your address should never be included in your profile. Keep safety in mind and enjoy using social networking sites!