Protecting Yourself Online – Tips from ESET GIVEAWAY
I remember when I first signed up for Facebook – it was pretty exciting. My friends list was quickly growing which was neat. My old neighbor, the guy from my tenth grade math class, a girl I did little theater with. I was able to reconnect with all of these people which was great, right? Here's the thing – although it is neat to reconnect with people – they really aren't your "friends" and you just don't know who they are or what they do. Your online safety is super important so let's talk about how to keep you safe.
When it comes to Facebook Privacy it can be kind of confusing. You have the option to control who see's what which is fantastic but it isn't exactly easy to find. ESET has put together a fantastic guide for Facebook Privacy Guidelines – you should definitely check it out HERE
Facebook Safety Tips:
- Children under the age of 13 should not be on Facebook and those that are on should have very strict Privacy settings
- Don't give too much away in your "About" Profile – the more you say the easier for a predator to attempt an identity theft
- Keep private stuff private – you have the option to control your privacy on Facebook – USE IT
- If you don't want to be '"tagged" in other peoples pictures etc. you don't have to be – change your settings under Timeline & Tagging.
- Who can access your personal data – this is super important as you can control what third parties have access to your Facebook Profile.
I have recently done some housekeeping of my Facebook "Friends". It's ok to do some trimming of people that you don't need on your list or to be sure that people have the correct privacy settings.
Now when it comes to twitter the spammers try to be tricky! You can get Direct Messages saying strange things like they found a picture of you, or someone wrote a really great post about you and a link. The best rule to follow is not to click on any link of someone in your Direct Messages that you don't know. Or if it is just so strange like the ones above.
ESET has come out with a FREE tool that scans your Facebook and Twitter, it will go through your timeline, messages and newsfeed looking for malicious objects. Be sure to check that out HERE
My last little tip is to change your passwords – and often 🙂
In the past month I have really learnt a great deal about keeping myself, my family and my computer safe from the dangers that are out there. It is a totally user friendly program and I definitely recommend it.
If you are interested in giving ESET a try click HERE for more information
Disclosure – I am a part of the PTPA Media ESET Security Ambassador Program. I was provided with the program and compensation but as always all opinions are my own.