Social media and privacy concerns go hand in hand. On the one hand, we love the reach of sharing our day to day moments, our happiness, our sadness with the whole world with the click of a mouse – on the other hand, we are(and we should be) worried about the invisible eyes that are seeing the very same posts too! How do we strike a balance and ensure the security of our information will form the basis of this post. Some of the initial points are general pointers related to overall security.
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- Apply all patches regularly. For example, if an update appears on your screen saying that new software updates are necessary and need to be installed, install them immediately.
- Do not download files that you do not understand.
- For all social media postings, check to make sure that your posts are ‘private’ (that is – visible only to your ‘circle’ of friends and family) –
- If you do not have any sensitive information then it may be a good idea to make them ‘public’
- In continuance with point 3, it would be even better if you don’t post pictures of children at all on social media at all! 🙂 Obviously, it is not impossible for a determined individual to download the pictures onto their personal device(and obviously we don’t want anyone to leer at our kids’s pictures – do we?!)
- It is imperative to monitor the ‘Settings’ section of all social media accounts. While it is a time consuming exercise, it is essential to understand the various ‘Settings’ and adjust it to the barest visibility(that is, your circle of friends only)
- Information has always been power and this information about you can freely travel from website to website in this digital age – with a few unknowing check marks here and there. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the ‘checkmarks’ beneath any app or website that you use.
While there is no such thing as “100% security” and the Internet is a transparent universe and not an opaque one…”Share with care”!! 🙂 There is a bigger and wilder world out there that one cannot see… 🙂
This post is for alphabet ‘S’ for the BlogchatterA2Z challenge… the previous post is here…
Jayanthi Manikandan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and a Master’s degree in Information systems with a specialization in Information security from Detroit, MI, USA.
She has been passionate about Information security and has several years of experience writing on various technical topics. Additionally, she loves to pen a few personal thoughts here as well! 🙂