How to protect yourself on Social Media

Kiev, Ukraine - October 17, 2012 - A logotype collection of well-known social media brand's printed on paper. Include Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr, Myspace, Tumblr, Livejournal, Foursquare and more other logos.

It seems like every single day, some new social technology or platform is launched. It’s increasingly difficult to keep track of them all. Many social platforms and networks foster creativity, but most require a different “voice.” That is, no matter how hard we may try, it’s hard to perfect the type of overall message we wish to communicate. Consistency is key to the most engaging personalities on social media. Amidst the online shuffle, and hustle and bustle, it’s easy to wind up sharing too much information.

According to Jared Lawrence for, “more than 80 percent of identity theft cases are internet-related.” The “tremendous amount of personal information voluntarily shared on social media makes it a prime-feeding ground” for online predators, Lawrence writes. As technology continues to evolve, young social media users will face this threat for the foreseeable future. However, there are ways to protect yourself:

First, remember to regularly change your login information. That way, anybody who may have access to your prior login credentials will be stopped in their tracks.

When updating your login info, do not repeat passwords. That is, don’t use the same one that you use for other important profiles. If a hacker were to learn your Twitter password, who’s to stop them from trying it on your email and bank account?

Lastly, use tw0-step verification when available. This typically requires your password and then a 4 or 5-digit code which will most likely be texted to your cell or smartphone via SMS message. This way you can always know when your account is accessed. If you get an unsolicited message prompting you to enter a code, you know someone is trying to get into your account. Lucky for you, they won’t have the code to get in.


Heed these tips, and always be smart when sharing things on the web!

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