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How to Stay Safe on Social Media?

IamCheated.com Research Team | June 17, 2019  6:41:pm

How to stay safe on social media?

Today, a lot of people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and many more such sites. This helps stay in touch with friends, family, and people across the World. One of the easy ways of finding jobs is through social media platforms. As social media users are on the rise, frauds relating to social media too increase. There have been many incidents where social media users have lost money to fraudsters.

A few months back, a 52-year-old woman lost Rs 90 Lakh to a Facebook friend who introduced himself as a pilot working in the UK. Not just this, there have been many such incidents in India. Hackers can even hack your social media profile and misuse it. So, it is very important to be careful on social media.

In this blog, we will discuss how people can stay safe on social media. You must read this completely if you are a social media user.

See Also: Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media

How to stay safe on social media?

1. Use a strong password

The password you set on social media accounts must be very strong and secure. Avoid keeping your birthday and family member’s names as passwords. Your password must be a combination of letters, numbers and special characters.

You must avoid keeping the same password for all your social media accounts. If one of the accounts is compromised, there are chances that all your accounts would be compromised. Develop the habit of changing passwords regularly.

2. Do not share your private information

You must be very careful on what you share on social media. Never disclose personal information like phone number, email address, residential address, and financial information on social media accounts. Sharing this information can lead to the risk of identity theft and spam.

3. Be selective with friend requests

You must not accept friend requests of people you don’t know.  To stay on the safer side, it is always advisable to send and accept requests of people whom you know, personally. There are many fake social media accounts which are created by fraudsters to cheat people.

4. Privacy settings

Each social media platform has privacy settings, you must be aware of the privacy settings of the social media platform you use and customize privacy settings of your profile, to control who sees what.

5. Don't Overshare

Social media accounts are meant for sharing, but at the same time, it should not be used for oversharing. Sharing too much information on social media can land you in problems. For instance: Posting check-in at a resort in Goa on Facebook may increase the risk of burglary at your home in the city.

6. Beware of fake online shopping pages

There are many fake online shopping pages on Facebook and Instagram which cheat customers by promising to deliver products at a cheap rate. So, you must be aware on such pages and do check the customer reviews before purchasing.

See Also: SBI warns customers about fake social media accounts

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