Staff Writer: Carolyn Johnson
Social networking has become an impressively large beast on the Internet, thanks to the numbers of people involved. While a top SEO company often uses social networking tools for good and useful tasks, there will always be bad apples out there looking to hack into accounts or rip people off. There are several tips your top SEO company should follow to keep you safe while networking on social media sites.
Don’t reveal too much personal information on your profile. Specific bites of information to avoid includes full date of birth, you first school, a pet’s name, and your mother’s maiden name. These things are often used as security questions on your other accounts, so don’t make it easy for hackers to get into your account by revealing this information. If you must have this kind of information on your profile, you can always lie about it.
One idea that will help you put your internet security in perspective is to assume everything you put in a social profile will be public for all. Assume that your information will, at some point, become public domain. You service provider may change the rules in the future, after all. Never write or say anything in a post that you wouldn’t say in person to your mother, your priest or rabbi, or even your children. Assume, also, that any email or chat conversation can be traced back to you and even used against you (because, very likely, it can and will!).
If you’ve deleted information from your profile, such as embarrassing photos or comments you regret posting, that doesn’t mean the Internet has instantly done away with it. Whatever has been deleted has probably been cached or copied by another service somewhere on the Internet.
Never accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Most of the time, these unknown accounts are malicious spambots looking to break in to your account for information, which can ultimately lead to identity theft.
There are times on social networking sites when you can’t even trust your friends. Unless you can in fact verify the user’s account, don’t simply assume that they are who they claim to be. An account of a well-known friend could have been hijacked, especially if they send you a random link. Ask what the link is before opening it, as that link could pertain to malicious malware.
If you have travel plans, don’t announce specifics for the whole world to see. Although it’s wonderful that you and your new spouse are going to Fuji for your honeymoon, never specify what dates you’ll be there, what hotel you’ll be staying at. Criminals and burglars can use this information to their advantage by making a clean sweep of your home while you’re gone.
You never know when your social networking account will change settings and privacy policies, so you’ll need to make sure that your privacy settings are set at your preferred settings. Also be sure that you understand your privacy settings and, if not, consult the FAQs and even the webmaster if you have any questions or concerns.
Keeping yourself secure on social media sites is an important way to ensure that malicious users don’t come after you.