In Circulent's latest issue of Technology Today , we sift through the good, the bad and the techy tidbits of social media and social network safety.
Society embraces social media as the norm - almost everyone is on at least one platform, if not several. So, how do you decipher the good from the bad in order to protect your personal life, while still indulging in today's culture? Well, according to the Computer Crime Investigation Unit you should fully understand the below checklist, as it can help you stay out of trouble and protect your personal identity!
PEOPLE ASSUME AND MAKE AN A** OUT OF THEMSELVES
- Once something is posted on social media, it can quickly spread. Once something is out there, it's out there for good.
- You will NEVER be anonymous on the internet.
- There are people on the internet who are not who they say they are and plan to take advantage of you, if granted the opportunity.
- The more social media channels you are on. the more susceptible you are for an attack on your personal information.
- You need to know that everyone online can see what you post, who you are friends with and the comments you and your friends leave.
- A comment or image can always come back to haunt you, so make sure that you are careful when putting stuff out there.
- There is a complete record of your online activity somewhere.
HOW TO STAY ON THE UP AND UP
- Don't post anything you would be embaressed to see on the evening news.
- Don't accept friend/follow requests from people that you don't know and always independently verify identities.
- Avoid using third-party applications; if needed, do not allow them access to your social media accounts, friends, lists or bookmarks.
- Don't post personal identifiable information.
- Be cautious of the images that you choose to share.
- Do not allow others to tag you in images they post - doing so makes you easier to locate and accurately construct your network of friends, relatives and associates.
- Securely configure social media accounts to minimize who can see your information.
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