Social networks such as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are an ever-growing industry. More than 845 million people use Facebook and 483 million use it daily.
Social media has come a long way since MySpace. Ads on users’ Facebook pages are focused towards the user’s personal preferences. They’re adapted down to one’s relationship status and gender.
With such a vast number of people using these networks, it’s very important that people know how to keep their information safe on the Internet.
-Make your account private: Facebook has several options to make profiles, posts and information private. Unless the page is for a business or band, it’s best to not allow anyone who searches a name to see all the information listed.
-Be careful who is added as a friend: It’s very easy to find and add people on sites like Facebook. If a person receives a friend request from a stranger, it’s advised that individuals don’t add them. Many people use the information of others to create fake profiles, so be cautious who you allow as a friend.
-Assume that everything put on the Internet is permanent: Information from social networking sites can easily be printed or downloaded onto another computer. From there it can go anywhere. Be careful and selective about what is posted. It’s possible that it will always be available for other people once it has been made public on the Internet.
-If children are allowed to use social networking, be sure to monitor their activity: There will always be people who take advantage of young and naive people. If a child has personal photos and information listed on their accounts it can be used by other people.
-Be careful what information is “liked”: Facebook now has made it so everything liked or posted as a status on accounts is now filtered through a database that will list personalized ads and information for the user. That information is then shared with friends and family when there is a similarity between them. It’s important to be selective about the information released into the web.
-Don’t post embarrassing or detrimental information to Facebook: It’s very common for employers to ask to view someone’s personal online accounts. Anything that could later bring up questions regarding safety and activity or the personal information of another person should be strongly avoided.
The internet is as safe as the user makes it. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ will only continue to grow in popularity.
Use common sense and be sure to monitor the activity of personal information closely.
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