Social media has become a way of life for many individuals, a large percentage of computer and laptop users have social media. According to statista.com, over 40 million users on social media. This number is expected to increase in the coming years with the continuous devlopment in technology and more people wanting to share more infromation about themselves to a large demographic of people.
However, with the populaturity of social media in recent years, social media platforms are a target for thefts and hackers to steal valuable and personal infomation
This blog aims to give tips on how to protect your data on social media
1) Don't Share Too Much Infomation on Social Media
It is fun to posting a staus update , getting retweets , likes and views. It is all part of the thrill of social media. However, some users post their locations , personal infromation about themselves and even photos of family get posted onto social media. Online hackers potentially look for an opeining to steal infromation. The best way to protect infromation is to not share too much information on social media, making sure the infomation you post does not make you a potential target ,such as posting up addresses, posting information that is very personal and uploading pictures that have other people within the photo, ask premission before uploading pictures that feature other people.
2) Update Your Privacy Settings
Social media is a large online community where information can be seen by a range of people. Once information is posted on social media it can be screenshot, copied or even pasted by anyone on social media. This information could be used by hackers or thefts. As you may of heard, facebook were under the spotlight and faced question because of how they handled user data. The best way is updating your privacy settings, managing your privacy setting to only "friends" can view your social profile. This minimises the amount of users that can view your profile.
3) Use a Strong Password
Having a strong password is essential in protecting your data and strong passwords make it difficult for potential hackers. Additionally, when creating a strong password, make sure it does not contain your personal information; make sure its significantly different from other password you may have. Having numbers , lower case and uppercase also help by making your password secure.
Written by Adrian Addo
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