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Published on: 24 Apr 2017 by deborahbelford

6 Reasons why your social media posts are not fully secured

Whether you are an individual who works at Walmart, a Government employee, a retired grandfather, an army veteran, or even a business owner, one thing that can be certainly known about you in today’s day and age, is that you must have a social media presence. Doesn’t matter the platform, be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Snapchat, having a social media account, has turned into a bit of a formality in the current age of information. With the help of these social media accounts, you can interact with your friends, share your thoughts, upload photos and videos to let the world know what you are up to, even organize a few events and happenings. But are your posts really safe? Can you honestly say that nothing bad will happen, with you telling people about your most recent trip to the stateside, leaving your house empty? Well, think again. And without further ado, let’s discuss why your social media posts are not as safe as you think they are.

IDENTITY THEFT:

When you create an account on these social media sites, you have to provide some information. This bit of information can be used by hackers or identity thieves even if your account’s privacy and security settings are dialed up to 11. For instance, your email address is never hidden, no matter how strict a privacy policy these websites adhere to. And if Identity thieves have access to your email address, they can click on “Forget Password”, which is a pretty famous technique, and have unrestricted access to all your information.

YOUR PROFILE GETTING HACKED:

Different groups claim to successfully hack into these social media accounts, such as BluePortal, but the most common way of hacking into a social media account is clicking on links that you do not know anything about. These hackers use shortened links to hide the real destination of the URL, and once you click on these links, you are redirected a dangerous page that can hack into your account. Malicious code can be injected by these hackers making use of your susceptibility to click on these links and your precious social media account can be gone forever.

OVERLOOKING THE PRIVACY POLICY:

Sometimes, and it is something we all do, we do not really bother looking at the privacy policy of any social media website that you decide to create an account on. A privacy policy indicates the rights you have as a customer, and the rights they have as a Social Media platform, and if you wish to just accept their policy without looking at it, it can prove to be really dangerous.

REVEALING INFORMATION TO PEOPLE YOU DO NOT WANT TO:

When you are using Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you want to show off to the world and let them know about the activities you are involved in, your likes and dislikes, your habits, and your current interests. This all seems pretty harmless, because that is the point of using social media, letting your friends know what you are up to, but there are people on these websites who are not your friends, who are not even remotely related to you, and if they want, as long as they have access to any internet service such as Viasat Satellite Internet, they can pretty much see what you are posting about from wherever they are located unless you make those posts private.

IGNORANCE AND OVERCONFIDENCE:

Many people on these social media platforms claim that they do not worry about their information being stolen or their profile getting hacked, because they do not have anything to hide. This is rather, a careless approach, because even though you may not have anything to hide (which is highly unlikely), but the people connected to you may have things to hide. And you not worrying about who steals YOUR information, is the ticket for these hackers to gain access to their information through you.

ADDING PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW FOR REAL:

This is one of the biggest mistakes people who use social media accounts, make. By adding people you do not know, you are inviting trouble. These people can be anyone, from hackers and identity thieves, to outright criminals, and you giving them access to your information is a step in the direction of insanity.

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