HOW TO BE SAFE ON SO­CIAL NET­WORK­ING PLAT­FORMS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIY SPECIAL -

Nor­ton from Sy­man­tec rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing for users’ safety on­line:

DON’T talk to, or ac­cept friend in­vi­ta­tions from un­known senders on so­cial net­works, IM, on­line fo­rums.

DON’T post your home ad­dress, phone num­ber, pic­tures or other per­sonal de­tails about your­self on pub­lic sites—the in­for­ma­tion you post will live on th­ese sites for­ever and can also make you an eas­ier tar­get for creeps and bad guys. DO make sure you have a strong pass­word (See “how to set a safe pass­word”)

DO cre­ate groups of friends, rel­a­tives or other spe­cial sub-groups of friends on th­ese so­cial net­work­ing plat­forms and share pho­tos, video and com­ments to the re­stricted group.

DO limit the ac­cess to your pro­file from search op­tions and make sure you re­move un­wanted ap­pli­ca­tions or limit their ac­cess to your in­for­ma­tion.

DO make sure you select the most se­cure (i.e. https) set­tings when­ever they are of­fered, and no­ti­fi­ca­tions of ac­count ac­cess from new de­vices.

DO main­tain an up-to-date browser and OS. Browsers and OS usu­ally im­prove their security set­tings and you can ben­e­fit from it by up­dat­ing to the lat­est ones. Not up­dat­ing can leave you vul­ner­a­ble to at­tacks and could lead to pri­vate in­for­ma­tion be­ing lost or stolen.

DO use free on­line tools such as Nor­ton Safe Web Lite which warns of dan­ger­ous web­sites right in your search re­sults.

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