However, Social Networking websites provide the perfect platform for cyber criminals to steal personal information, propagate viruses, and commit fraudulent activities.
This is due to the fact that users generally trust social networking websites a hundred percent. If you are a user of such websites, you should take steps to protect yourself and your system from malicious activity that may be going on these websites. Even if there are generic principles that can apply, it is widely known that professional antivirus software can monitor for malicious software while the PC user continues to work, offering an immunity that you would otherwise not have.
Many PC users can think that social sites are dangerous ones so different methods than the previous talked about can be needed, like manual methods. The manual method can be resumes in the following Tips:
- You should filter what information you are putting on the web – Any content (pictures, videos, infos) that you think might be used against you should not be published at all. You should neither publish contents like photos or videos that can damage your personal image.
- Watch who you’re becoming friends with – Your online friends found on those social networks should be the kind you would normally join and group with in real life situations. Shun from adding friends just to have a lots of them. Some of them could be cyber criminals or psychopathic stalkers. You want to keep your online friends clean from those ones.
- Do not let anyone see your personal information – There are features on social networking websites that allow friends of friends to view your information unless you specify otherwise. Do not allow this, set your profile information so that it is not shown to anyone other than your friends.
- If you do receive unverified messages, do not reply to them or follow any instructions part of them – Hackers will send messages having as attachments compromised applications. Those messages will look like that they are coming from the development team of the social network you’re using. If that message is asking you to download and to install some programs: don’t trust it at first. This is more often than not an attempt by a malware developer to install a malware application on your computer.
- Never post online you’re about to go on any kind of vacations. Otherwise your house and personal belonging are even more vulnerable to thieves.