Safety and Security Risks When Using Facebook

There is no doubt that the biggest social networking site taking over the whole globe is Facebook. Since it’s the biggest thing the online world has ever seen for the last several years, it’s critical that you understand the guidelines and policies listed on the site. They’re very useful in keeping you informed with various aspects of the site and how it runs.

You should know that for every website that you go to, there are good and bad users. Facebook can be accessed by just about anybody so it’s imperative that you are wise and conscious with how you share information about yourself on it (and other social networking sites for that matter).

Facebook Security Risks

So what should you do to help protect yourself from the bad guys out there? Here are just some helpful things that can help you in the long run if you follow them religiously:

1. Understand how the security feature works on Facebook.
As you are well aware, Facebook is known for periodically modifying its security settings. You will observe posts from the site of the changes being made with regards to its security features that affect who sees your content. It’s critical that you look into this carefully and see if the changes can significantly affect you in some way.

2. Don’t reveal too much information on Facebook.
One of the most obvious ways of getting in trouble is by revealing too much information on just about everything (including yourself). You should be aware of the things that you’re sharing, be it your profile, wall posts, messages and even the content that you share such as pictures and videos. You’ll never know what criminals may use from your posts for their own evil means.

3. Pay attention to links, e-mails or friends
Social networking sites can be penetrated by online criminals to gain information about you. This can occur through a sent or posted link, which will in turn eject a virus or spyware to retrieve personal information about you. If you happen to receive a link that you find suspicious, do not click on it and report it to Facebook to prevent others from getting victimized through it.

Pay close attention to what your Facebook friends share and avoid suspicious content. Avoid adding people you do not know as your friends. Pay attention to emails that you receive from Facebook and avoid becoming a victim of phishing by using common sense.

With the evolution of technology, cyber criminals are smarter than ever. If you are constantly paying attention for any suspicious activity that comes your way, you can shield yourself from identity theft and other online criminal acts.

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