CALIFORNIA (OCN) — As social networking explodes in popularity, so do the scams hitting the sites where people like to gather. Here are a few quick tips to keep you safe the next time you’re stalk…, err, “catching up” with old friends.
Social networking means sharing information, but some things are better left unsaid (like your Social Security number, date of birth, home address, phone number, etc.). Avoid sharing too much information to help prevent ID Theft and to keep yourself safe in the real world, too.
Privacy schmivacy, right? Wrong.
Social media sites are in the hot seat to ensure their users are safe and secure. Check out the settings, configurations and privacy pages of your favorite sites and customize those settings. Most of them update access from new partner sites regularly, so revisit those settings every once in a while.
Let’s be honest, does anyone really need 1,200 so-called friends? You probably don’t know who most of those people really are, anyway, and while they may look like your average Joe or Jane, they could easily be trying to scam a “friend.” And be careful of friendly gifts that come in the form of clickable links. We hate to sound like your mom, but choose your friends wisely.
Watch what you… post, comment or whatever.
When you comment where you’re going and what you’re doing, you’re basically letting everyone know where you’re not…home. Be mindful of what you post, update or tweet, regardless of your privacy settings.