Almost everyone you know has at least one social media account. It is critical to understand how to stay safe while you like, post, or interact with platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Users must be aware of what they put up on these sites, how much information they give out, and their security and privacy settings.
Here are some tips on ways you can protect your information and social media accounts:
- Always make sure your devices are upgraded with the most recent release of security software, operating systems, and web browsers.
- Be cautious with how much information you post onto your accounts. Avoid posting addresses, phone numbers, and other identifying information. What you post can be used by cybercriminals to target you.
- Do not be afraid to report activity you find suspicious or harassing. Cyberbullying should not be overlooked and social media platforms should be informed if it is occurring on their site.
4. Double-check what you are sharing because after posting it, the “Delete” button might not be enough to take it off of others’ devices. People could have already viewed the post or saved it without your knowledge.
5. Pay attention to your security and privacy settings. Make sure you set your account settings to a level of sharing you are comfortable with. This includes the public/private status of your account and location permissions (Geotagging).
6. Only allow people you trust and know to follow your accounts. Be cautious of suspicious follow requests or direct messages. Accepting a malicious message or follower can lead you to become a victim of an internet scam or phishing attempt.