Social Networking or Social Media, since its inception has gained a lot of popularity. Be it Facebook or Twitter or Google+, people always loved the concept of social media. It’s sure a fun thing and consists a lot of advantages. For example, If you wanna find your long lost friend or relative, then there is a certain chance of 65% that you can find him through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc.; And these social networking sites helps us to chat with our friends, make free calls, share files and also a lot more features are being added every day.
There is a famous saying, that is “Where there is Good, there is Evil.” In the same way, apart from it’s advantages, social networking has got it’s own black shades or disadvantages. These bad practices were actually making people suffer a lot. A few years ago, we could safely accept friend requests, but now we have to think twice before accepting anything on social networking sites. We also had to think twice, before sharing anything, especially in case of women. I’m saying this because previously a lot of complaints were received by the female users that they have seen their profile pics on various adult sites.
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Yes i accept that Social media saves us from death of boredom and helps us pass time. It sure is a fun thing. But those are all just memories because, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are filled with a lot of spammers,stalkers and other kind of s**t. So we should take certain measures to stay safe on online social media.
5 Steps To Stay Safe On Social Networks
1) Change your Privacy settings and check them often.
This one step could save you a lot of troubles. Privacy settings allows you to increase and improve your security settings of your account. Allow only your friends or trusted ones to see your posts and updates. Always check them from time to time, if you use a lot of apps and games.
2) Create a Separate Email Id and Use a Strong password
It’s considered as a better practice to create a separate email id for all your social media related activities. So that you can easily track your activities on social media from time to time, without any hassle. Next thing is to use a strong password. We can describe a strong password as a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols. Its better not to choose the words that are often used.
3) Never Share Your Personal Information
This is the most important thing of all. Never, i mean never ever share your personal information over social media, even when you message your parents. It keeps your identity at risk. So its better to follow the 1st step here. Personal information includes permanent address, Date of Birth, Bank account number, Mothers maiden name etc..; Only a fool would share those things.
4) Only add people you knew already
To stay safe on social media, it’s better if you add friends and accept friend requests from only people you knew already. This is one of the main reasons, why most of the social media accounts were being hacked.
5) Avoid using unnecessary Apps and Games
Try to avoid using unnecessary applications and games on your social media accounts. If you really wanna try them, then create a dummy account following 2nd step.
Well, those are some simple tips and steps to stay safe on social media. Try to follow these steps, so that you can protect yourself on social media from various threats. However, even though you follow all these steps, i can’t really guarantee you that you stay safe online forever. Blame the increasing technology for that, not me. 🙂
Now let me know about your views on these tips and also don’t forget to share this article with your friends, family and best buddies. Thank you and see you soon 🙂