Are you safe when you are surfing online?
With all of the Tweeting, Facebooking and Instagraming going on, you should be cautious about what you are posting. By now, most of you use social media on a regular basis — but how safe is it? Are your privacy settings correct? Are you only friends with people you know? Do your parents monitor your pages? All of these things go into question when you are on the internet.
Internet safety isn't limited to Facebook or Twitter, either. You should be aware that everything you look up online for a project in school or just for fun is traceable. Here are ways that you can protect yourself and stay safe while you are online:
- Don't post any personal information like your address, phone number or where you go to school.
- Never meet someone you "met" online in person, this is extremely dangerous.
- Be careful what you do post on Facebook and Twitter — never give out your location.
- Never give out your password.
- Make sure you take advantage of your privacy settings correctly.
- Don't talk to or add people you don't know on your social media sites.
Along with keeping yourself safe, you need to protect your image. If you or a friend posts a photo of you, and it gives the impression that you are at a party drinking, it could be damaging to your college and/or professional future. Be sure that you are careful about what you post and what you post about others, too.