BY MAHIRA KHAN
NEW DELHI :
Social media, a fun and great way to stay connected to people. However, to gain popularity, fame and grab attention, people have started doing illogical and stupid things. Users share their personal informations to anonymous.
Hackers have proven otherwise, stealing $172 billion from 978 million consumers in 20 countries in the past year, according to the global 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report.
While people enjoy their stay on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram accounts, here are 5 ways by which people can prevent themselves from stalking, cyber-bullying, identity theft or simply getting trolled, as per Norton.
Stop being too public to everyone, take privacy seriously. The option provided by all social media sites is really helpful to limit post viewing to specific audiences. Sharing everything with everybody would be a foolish act one can do. Set the privacy settings according to your wish. For instance, both Facebook and Twitter let you create custom lists of people who are allowed to view specific posts. While on the other hand, if you want to do this then simply don’t post anything.
Stop being ‘friends’ with everyone. The more people you are connected to, the harder it is to control what happen to the information you post. There’s no need to add everyone in your friend list unless until you know them personally. In case you find someone unsafe, don’t hesitate to use the ‘block’ feature. Many users unknowingly add thousands of people to in order to boost their followers.
Stop using common passwords for all social media platforms. Using same password for all social media accounts will make it easier for the hackers to gain access over all your accounts. This will let the hacker to misuse all your information that you have uploaded on different platforms. To avoid this situation, always make different and strong password that no one can imagine.
Stop being too personal. Hackers can glean any information from your public profiles like date of birth, education, interests, contact to try to get into your accounts on all sorts of services. This is known as ‘Social Engineering’. To avoid this, it’s better to keep your profile private and also think twice before posting every aspect of your life online.
Stop being logged-on always on PC. If you go to cyber cafe and use public computers or someone else’s system, always make it a habit to log out- and log out of private devices from time to time as well. Logging out helps ensure that other people won’t snoop your social media profile and use it to attack your friends, change your personal information to embarrassing or slanderous comments, or worse, change your password and lock you out of your own account entirely.
These are the five ways which obviates any type of cyber bullying or stalking and will keep others away from your personal stuff as well.