Tips for Staying Safe on Social Networks

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Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a great way to stay in touch, share photos and broadcast what's on your mind. Unfortunately they're also a great way for cyber criminals to find out information about you.The federal government has provided some tips for safer social networking. These can be found on

• Check out the privacy and security settings and use them to control who sees what. If someone you don't know tries to “friend” you, ignore it. There's no way to be sure they are who they say they are.

• Before you post pictures, think about whether they give away too much information about you. For example, does that shot show your street name or license plate in the background? Avoid geotagging photos. Most smartphones and many digital cameras automatically attach the exact location where a photo was taken, which can give away your address or let criminals know that you're on vacation, making your home a target for break-in.

• Don't mention things like going away on vacation, big purchases or events that include your address in your status updates.

• Never include banking information – not even the name of your bank.

Visit for more information about social networking, including types of scams to look out for. Remember, taking simple precautions online can protect you from major headaches down the road.

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Also: On Facebook make sure that everything is set so that only 'friends of friends' may see your posts. If someone 'tags' a photo of yours or 'tags' your name into their photo it means your name shows up publicly on their picture. (A 'tag' is a way for people to notice one another BUT you can end up with a person who 'tags' you & even though your Facebook account is super-private, your name and photo will be public. Not good so always 'untag' any photo where you have been 'tagged'. (google: how to untag a photo on Facebook.) Also whatever you 'like' on Facebook shows up publicly unless you set the privacy setting to 'friends of friends' see it. With Facebook just don't put in your city or even country and it won't show then where you are. OR put in false information like a different city to keep maximum true privacy. Once a month go through your Facebook wall and delete all the previous month's posts and photos on the WALL (not albums necessarily). That way Facebook can not keep a listing of your posts because from time to time they change the settings without telling you of what shows up on your public (everyone may see) timeline. Best way around this unpredictable loss of privacy is to just delete any photos and posts on your timeline from the month before. Don't store your every-day type posts and photos past a month on Facebook is what I am suggesting. Basically the name of the game is either don't give the info out about your location in the first place OR give out deliberately wrong information; both ways protect your privacy. Privacy is a valued thing to keep.. Good luck :)

Posted by Janie KnowitAll | January 26, 2013 Report Violation

Great article will good information. We all need these reminders from time to time. M

Posted by Moira Tait | October 10, 2012 Report Violation

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