Security tips for social networks
A security officer from McAfee presents some tips and rules so as to be secure while browsing the internet and especially in social networks:
1) You should realize that you can become a victim any time. Every day we hear new announcements about hacking attacks, so be prepared, when 55.000 new malware appear every day.
2) Think before you post something. Updates on our social profiles, including photos, comments etc., can reveal more about you than you intended to reveal.
3) You will not get any benefit if you answer a survey with this title “The 25 most amazing things about you.” Avoid answering questionnaires which present publicly your answers with details, like your middle name, as this may be a clue, used by financial institutions to confirm your identity.
4) Think twice before you allow web applications have access to your data. Be aware that this allows a stranger to send you e-mail, to publish in your profile and access your personal information at any time, regardless of whether you use the application is used.
5) Do not click on links that do not clearly reveal the address. Scammers often publish false links to trick users and infect their systems with malware. Before you follow some unknown link, try Siteadvisor.com and paste the link to “View a Site Report” on the right side of the page.
6) Beware of messages with words like, “LOL!! Look at the video I found of you!” “. When you click such a link, then it displays a message telling you that you should upgrade your video player to view it, but when you try to download the “upgrade”, the page will install malicious software that monitors and steals your data.
7) Be suspicious of anything unusual or strange. If any of your online friends writes, “we are stuck in Cambodia and we need money,” is most likely a scam.
8) Understand your privacy settings. Choose the most secure options and check at times for any changes that may have occurred in your public profile.
9) Applications that show your location (Geolocation apps), such as Foursquare, share your exact location, which also allows criminals to know when you’re at home and when not.
10) Use an updated browser. Older browser versions tend to have more security holes.
11) Select unique passwords for each of the sites you use. You can use software to manage your passwords, so as not to forget them and store them in a safe “place.”
12) Check the domain to make sure that you connect to a trusted website. So if you visit a page on Facebook, look for the address www.facebook.com.
13) Be cautious of any message or link that can be found on Facebook, which looks suspicious or requires an additional connection to the account.
14) Make sure your antivirus program is updated, includes antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, firewall and a web page as a “security consultant”.
15) Invest in identity theft protection. No matter how careful you may be, there is always a chance to be in danger. It’s nice to have a program for identity theft protection.