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Social Media Security

Tips to protect yourself on social media.

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Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are becoming more and more popular. The nature of these sites creates security risks, so you should always be cautious when using them.

These types of sites promote personal connections and communications, and require you to provide a certain amount of personal information.

However, the more information available, the easier it becomes for others to take advantage of your identity. In some cases, criminals could fraudulently exploit this to obtain products and services in your name. This is known as identity theft

Personal information could also be used to conduct a 'social engineering attack'. Predators may form relationships online and then convince unsuspecting individuals - often young people - to meet them in person, which could lead to a dangerous situation.

Social media security tips
Top 6 tips to help keep you safe whilst using social networks

Top tips to help keep you safe whilst using social networks

  • Always limit the amount of information you provide - do not post information that could be used by third parties, such as your address home, school or workplace, date of birth, postcode, job title or information about your schedule or routine
  • Always read and understand privacy policies - some sites may share information such as email addresses or user preferences with other companies. For example, Facebook Inc. owns Instagram so shares data between platforms. It also may lead to an increase in spam and other unwanted emails.
  • Remember that the internet is a public resource - so think about how others will view any information you provide. Things like Twishing scams are becoming more common. Learn about what they are and how to protect yourself from them.
  • Don't speak to strangers - the internet makes it easy for predators and cyberbullies to attack, hiding behind their screens in the safety of their own homes. Be aware of people who seem too good to be true.
  • Be sceptical and maintain your integrity - don’t believe everything you read online. People may post misleading information about various topics, including their own identities, to lure you into a false sense of security
Social Networking Advice for Parents

Social Networking Advice for Parents

Children may be more at risk from threats on social media than others. Parents should inform their children about internet safety and be aware of their online habits. Some useful tips are:  


  • Make sure your children understand how social media works and what happens when they postinformation online.
  • Keep your PC in a central, public part of your home
  • Set clear rules for your children's internet use
  • Use family safety or parental controls software
Using privacy settings to stay safe

Using privacy settings to stay safe

All social networks have security settings that allow you to protect your information as much or as little as you like. Of course, stricter, less public settings are important if you want to keep potential fraudsters at bay. Make sure you understand how the privacy settings work on each of your accounts to help keep your social profiles secure

See which groups are most likely to overshare on social media in our Safe and Secure Survey.

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