Social networking security tips

Social networking security tips

January 29, 2007

Limit the amount of personal information you post about yourself, your friends, and your family.

As a general rule, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want the world to see or know about.

Think about restricting access to your pages.

Make sure your screen name doesn’t say too much about you. Names that hint at personal interests or hobbies combined with other clues in your profile will give enough information for someone to figure out who you are and where they can find you.

Think twice before posting pics of yourself or your family and friends. Photos often contain information that could be used to identify you or the places you visit frequently. Carefully examine photos for the name of your school, an organization you belong to, the address of the place you work or your favorite hangout. Pics can also be copied or altered and used on other sites in ways that could damage your reputation.

Be skeptical and trust your instincts. People often post false or misleading information about their identities and interests. Most social networking sites provide ways to report inappropriate behavior.

Remember: what you post could easily be online longer than you are. You may not be able to erase it completely. Deleted information often exists as a saved or cached version somewhere else.