Security at Risks in Social Networking Sites

by Wasim Ismail on May 16, 2011

We are all aware that whatever we post or download online is not fully secured. Hence, because many of us are already too dependent with the internet, we somehow ignore this truth. We just keep on surfing, posting photos or videos, downloading/uploading files and signing up accounts on different websites.

In connection, because social networking sites are dynamic, they are the best places online not only to gather basic information about a person but to know certain percentage of his behaviors. They hold most of our information online; personal, business, images, videos, links, daily posts and even list of friends. That is, social networking sites as the most visited websites and interactive online communities are prone to security risks. Even the police use social networking sites to track criminals, as everyone is so addicted to post what we do on networking sites, some criminals also post what they have just done e.g robed a shop. AMAZING

 See list of possible risks below:

  1. Information Theft
    The internet is plenty of information stealers and social networking sites are not exempted. They are actually exposed to them as social network profile accounts are usually default to public display unless the user minds to put some access restrictions.
  2. Harmful Malwares
    Most social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Multiply are earning from online advertisements. These ads are usually javascripts generated and leaving cookies for their intelligence marketing. These cookies may carry harmful malwares or if not, they might be used by other malicious sites for information theft.
    Also, if you passed the malware attacks from online ads, you might encounter from some of these sites’ applications like games or surveys. So be careful in just accepting application access requests.
  3. Fake Accounts
    Because majority of social networking sites are free. It is easy to create several fake accounts and start fooling other people, bullies, manipulations, scams and more.

Many victims now are already aware that their accounts were compromised. That is, the more these suspicious stealers made mistakes, the more people will be aware that they need to somehow protect their accounts in the best possible ways they can. See some prevention below:

  1. Private Access Settings
    If you are not running business accounts for online marketing, it is always better to keep your personal profile restricted within your contacts. Or if you need to maintain a public profile, to be safe, you can create a separate public account to maintain your fan pages.
  2. Be Careful in Posting Information
    You must know that whatever you post online whether restricted into private access is somehow prone to leak one of these days. That is, always be careful.
  3. Know Your Networks
    It is not being paranoid but just be careful in adding friends that you do not know in person.
  4. Choose Your Social Networking Sites
    If you think that it is not that necessary to sign up, you do not have to do so. People who do have so much online accounts are sometimes safer than others.

Social networking sites are created to enhance communications and transfer of files within the globe. Hence, it does not mean that the communications or files being transmitted are ending to the right recipients, somewhere along the process might have stolen your data. Be safe online; be secured with your social networking sites.

Please share your views in the comments below, how what are your thoughts about sharing too much personal info online.

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