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Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites

Created: 01 Aug 2012 • Updated: 18 Dec 2012 • 1 comment
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Last month, a popular social networking site fell victim to one of the industry’s largest hacking attacks, losing more than 6.5 million user passwords—including 165,000 that were cracked and posted online. Shortly after, similar password breaches occurred at a popular dating site and a popular music site.

With hackers increasingly targeting social networking sites to gain sensitive user information, it’s becoming especially important for users to be cautious and mindful of their online behavior. Because chances are, the passwords that many people use to log in to their social networking accounts are the same ones they use to access other online accounts, including banking or other transactional sites.

Want to make sure your next social networking session is a safe one? Here are a few tips to help keep your personal information protected:

  1. Look for the padlock, ‘https,’ or the color green in the address bar. The “s” in ‘https’ stands for secure.
  2. Look for the Norton Secured Seal (the most recognized trust mark on the Internet) and other well-known trust marks.
  3. Be wary of shortened URLs even if they come from “friends.”
  4. Check and review all of your privacy and security settings. Make sure that the “Always use https” option is turned on.
  5. Avoid unsecure public WiFi networks. “Free” WiFi can come at a price.
  6. Change your passwords regularly and make sure they’re strong.

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miles123's picture

Thank you or sharing this article. This can help people to make their account safe and avoid hackers. I gather ideas how to make my accounts safe from other people. Keep on posting.

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