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Nov 30 2011   11:55PM GMT

How safe is social networking?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So with the proliferation of users using social networking, the most often question I get asked is how safe is it?

Well there are a few ways to look at this. One, you could end up posting something that you regret later and it can come back to bite you later on . Two, the social networking site you are using may use your private data in ways that you aren’t aware of basically putting your private details out there for people to see. Finally, three, quite a few social networking sites are direct targets of hackers and the information gathered is used in criminal situations such as identity theft in an effort to launch other crimes.

So what can you do? Well abstinence from social networking would obviously be the most effective method of security, but that isn’t always feasible. After all in today’s business world, more and more companies are turning to use it. If you decide not to opt in, you can be left standing out in the cold. So instead I would suggest joining in, but contributing the least amount of information possible, and highly restricting who has access to your information using in built controls in your site of choice. Also practice safe browsing practices by using highly secure browsers with the appropriate add-ons/plugins and surfing securely. Try to avoid using public computers for social networking because  you never know when your login info can be compromised.

Follow these steps and you will have a much safer experience!


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