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Social Media Scams: How to Stay Safe

Friday, 20 April 2018 17:00
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Social media has made the world smaller and helped bring people closer together. At the same time, it's also exposed us to some new dangers.

Here are some steps you can take to protect your personal information.

  • Don't install any social media application that can make posts to your feed, access your account information, or see your friends list. That way, your name won't be the reason someone else clicks a malicious link.
  • Don't enter your credit card information on any service if you don't intend to buy something. This will keep you safe from scams and help cut down on impulse purchases.
  • Review your privacy settings periodically and choose restrictive settings – make sure you know who can see your information online.
  • Don't put personal information in your profile, such as date of birth, place of employment, address and phone number.
  • If you receive a request for money through email or social media, follow up through another means such as by phone or in person. Confirm the person is in need; then send money via a service you trust.
  • Change your social media passwords every six months, at least. Use complex passwords that don't contain profile information. Make sure someone can't answer your security questions with information you put out there.

If you'd like more information, or suspect you have been a victim of fraud, contact CAP COM today.