Social resources – ITPro2012

Tips for Using Social Media Outlets

Familiarize yourself with privacy settings. Often the default privacy settings reveal more information than you might want to share with your entire network.

Minimize the amount of biographical information you put on your profile. Many sites give you the opportunity to post your full name, address, phone number, email address, and birth date. Be cautious about what you choose to post — do you really want this information accessible to people you don’t know very well?

Be selective about whom you accept as friends and connections. It is not uncommon for fraudsters to send friend requests to people they have never met, and many users are careless as to whom they accept requests from. Be careful not to assume someone is an old acquaintance you’ve simply forgotten; it very well might be a fraudster trying to contact you.

Take steps to safeguard access to your account. Choose passwords that are difficult to detect. Strong passwords are typically at least eight characters in length, with a mixture of letters and numbers and special characters. Use different passwords for different accounts.

Be careful when accessing your account on a public or shared computer or over a wireless network. If you are dealing with any type of sensitive information, it is best to access your accounts on secured networks and private computers.

Do not make an investment decision based solely on the recommendation of a member of an organization or group to which you belong; the investment might be an affinity fraud. Even if you know the person making the investment offer, be sure to ask questions and research the investment before handing over your money.



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  1. Kelsey on June 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm said:

    If you’re looking for complete privacy in social media, there’s a new website called “sgrouples” (

    You can form groups of the people you know and converse through text and pictures without anyone else seeing, even the company itself. Privacy is built into the platform. And there’s no public profiles, so you can’t be found by anyone who doesn’t already know you.

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