With the rise of internet use and business over the internet, there has been a significant increase in accounts being hacked, stolen and misused by unfriendly people. With all of the social networking and e-commerce sites on the internet, it is easy for important details to be compromised. When you have an account on one of the many social networking sites, it is important to keep that account as safe as possible. Many popular sites such as: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and many others all have systems in place to help you keep your profile safe. By following the guidelines below and using the passwords above, you can increase your chances of keeping your account safe.
Guidelines to keep your account safe:
Keep your signature current
When you register for a social networking site, choose a user name and a password. Never use your name or your husband/wife’s name for your password.
Learn how to spell passwords. Most people tend to use the same password for all of their accounts. That can be dangerous, since same password can be used for other websites that could be potentially dangerous (like a site looking for your credit card). Consider a learning program that uses different passwords on your profile.
Don’t invite people to become your friends if you do not know them in person
Ensure that the friends you have listed on your social networking profile are real people you can meet in person.
If you find a text file on your computer, do not open it. E-mail viruses often spread by extracting confidential information from e-mail messages.
Compose your message to avoid viruses
Be sure to avoid complex messages that are easy to guess. If your e-mail has any of the following, it is very likely that a virus is already hiding in your computer. Don’t send messages that are about: submitting to the site, opening links, running programs, opening files, receiving files, downloading files, answering security questions, or verifying your account information.
If you aren’t sure what a file is that you are looking for, confirm that it is not a file that is common in the file system. Sometimes a file may be common and when you download it, it may be among the ones that are already infected.
If you are using Windows Vista, there is a new security feature that you should take advantage of. It is called BitLocker Drive Encryption. BitLocker Drive Encryption is a hardware-enabled data protection feature that encrypts all of the data on the computer that you have secured with a master password. Only certain users will be able to decrypt their data with a known password using the BitLocker Drive Encryption feature.
If you have a high-speed connection, be sure to encrypt your data before you send it across the internet. You can do this in your Internet Explorer Options or by clicking on the Delete Files under the General tab of the control panel.
If you don’t have any other options, you may mark on your computer as follows:
- Don’t send kids emails that include attachments that aren’t cleared by your spam filter.
- Don’t send files to anyone via e-mail that you don’t know personally.
- Always scan attachments using your antivirus software.
- Don’t exchange personal information in instant messages or through links in spam.
- Don’t click on URL links in e-mail. Go to the legitimate website and sign up for an account.
- Don’t pay for items using your credit card on the Web, unless you are definitely sure that the company is reputable.
- Check for warranties, digital download protections and read the fine print. Make sure that you know the full implications of software installation.