- The personal information you share online could give cyber criminals enough to piece together your email address and password.
- Cyber criminals could gain access to any account that has a password recovery service and use any saved information to make purchases.
- Links in messages from cyber criminals posing as someone you know could be a part of a phishing attack trying to trick you into sharing personal information or contain malware that infects your computer.
- When you update your status with your whereabouts on a regular basis, you could tip someone off to your routine, and invite real-life threats like robberies, break-ins or stalking.
- If you add "friends" you don't know, you could become the victim of a scam.
- Apps deleted from your account may not be fully deleted – the creator may still have access to your information.
- If you don't have a strong password, others could gain access to your profile and pose as you – and potentially send out spam or fake posts that are damaging to you.
- Potential employers could search social networking sites to get a sense of your character. If you've uploaded damaging or embarrassing photos or posts to your social network account, you could hurt your reputation and your chances of employment.
- Choose a strong password.
- Set your privacy controls, take note of what the public can see.
- Carefully consider any information that you choose to share online.
- Ensure your computers and devices have the most current security software, web browser, and operating systems.