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How to Protect yourself on social media: Part 1

Social media protectionThe internet has greatly changed how people interact with each other everyday. Only One and a half decade ago some of the few ways how people could get in touch were either by meeting each other, talking via telephone or perhaps through letters at times.  This trend has greatly been changed by Internet as it revolutionized communication bridging all distances. But the world being a click away has its cons just like many pros that we can count. One of the many concerns is the the oversharing of personal information over cyberspace which is easily accessible to anyone anywhere if not properly secured. 
Today ill discuss some methods that we can all implement to give ourselves a level of security online especially at the most hot interactive places of our age—The Social Media websites!



According to a report over 52% of Social Media users post risky information online. This shared personal information leads to various crimes and mishaps like identity theft, scams, abuse, harassment, robberies etc. It gets worse down the list. People tend to be very careless while filling in their their Facebook profile information. But taking a few precautionary steps can help you lessen online security issues.

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Here are top 6 things that you need to stop doing on Facebook right Now !

1. Using a weak password : Avoid using simple straight words that can easily be guessed. Instead use a combination of alpha numeric with a numbers being in the middle.
 
2. Listing a full Birthdate: Using a full birthdate makes you vulnerable to identity theft which can be used to gain access of bank accounts and credit card information.

3. Overlooking privacy controls: Facebook provides you with an option to limit visibility of your photos , individual posts and other information. Make use of these options to avoid unwanted people seeing your personal stuff. Many people don’t change the  “public” default setting.

4. Mentioning being away from home: its like putting a ‘hey nobody's home’ sign on your door. Avoid sharing planned vacation dates on Facebook.

5. Let yourself being found by search engines: To help prevent strangers form accessing your profile go to privacy—>search—>and set your visibility on Facebook to friends and uncheck the public search box.

6. Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised: Although facebook has an age limit of 13 years for users but younger kids still use Facebook. In that case an adult in the house should become friends with the kid and use their personal email id to receive their notifications to help monitor activity.

This is just a basic list to get you started protecting yourselves and your dear ones online. Start implementing if you haven't already because it gets real nasty when it does. So beware.

This is Part 1 of the series. I have a lot to share and discuss regarding this matter but this is how much time allows me to share right now. Stay tuned because I plan to complete this series very soon and the next part includes some advance security measures.Till then Stay Safe !

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