Social Networking Sites Today
Around the world over One Billion people stay in touch with their family and friends by using Social Networking sites. They all like to share their personal experiences, photographs and even homemade videos. Even to the point that it has almost replaced the email and the telephone. It is truly a way of life for many people so you really need to know all of the “Ins and Outs” of this magnificent and powerful marketing tool. Then and only then you will feel more confident and safer using it.
So Let’s Get Started.
- Never ever divulge any of your private information when on Social Networking sites.
- When inviting or accepting invitations from strangers, ALWAYS be careful!
- Also again be careful when clicking on to any links in your email or your Social Networking blogs.
All good businesses today will use various Social Networking sites as tools to extend their contacts and deliver their promotional and marketing messages. So when you have a massive base of users who are mainly anonymous to you it comes with various risks. That is the nature of Social Networking.
The Risks Are:
- The giving of private information to strangers by either yourself or friends/contacts.
- Potential Internet bullying.
- Strangers and Dangerous users cyber-stalking you.
- You can Access inappropriate Material.
- Online child abuse and “Grooming” is growing.
- Phishing emails that ask for all of your personal information or that invitesyou to visit fraudulent or inappropriate websites.
- People hacking into your accounts or hijacking your accounts pages.
- Viruses, Spyware or Malware contained within messages, attachments or photographs that are sent to you.
You can escapeall of these risks and enjoy Social Networking sites by just following a few sensible and safe Social Networking site guidelines:
- If you are not comfortable doing what is asked of you, then don’t do it! Never bend to any sort of peer pressure.
- Do not put in any Public Domain any information about yourself – whether it is on your Social Networking Sites or in your any of your blogs or posts – such as Address, Phone numbers, Pictures of your home, workplace, School or even your birthday.
- Use a private username that does not include any of your personal information.
- It is best also to set up a separate or secondary email account to register and receive mail from that Social Networking site. So in the future,if you want to back away and to shut your Social Network account down, then simply stop using that email account as well.
- Use strong passwords.
- Keep your Profile closed and Invisible and only allow your friends to view it.
- What you say online stays online forever! So never say anything or publish any pictures that might later cause you humiliation.
- Never post offensive comments to either groups or individuals of this society.
- Warn friends to be very careful what they say and post about you, or even be careful when they reply to your posts, particularly about any of your personal details or activities.
- Many businesses nowadays will look at current or prospective employees Social Networking pages and profiles soalways be careful about what you say and do and what pictures that you may post.
- Make sure to learn very quickly how to use theseSocial Networking sites properly by using any or all of their privacy features so to restrict strangers any access to you. Be guarded about who you let in to your network.
- Always be on lookout against any Phishing scams, fake friend requests, posts and blogs that invite you to visit other pages or sites.
- Remove any equivalent“likes and apps”permission from your account, if you are unlucky enough to get caught up in any type of scam.
- Make sure your antivirus/antispyware software is up to date and your firewall is running before you go online.