If You’re on Facebook, Be Smart

       The use of social media is definitely on the rise, but I can’t believe the bonehead moves that a lot of people make with it, including Congressman Weiner and the guy who had a job offer withdrawn after he dissed his soon-to-be-employer on Twitter.  But in addition to using the media wisely, there are things you can do to protect yourself from hackers.  I read a recent article about that; these guidelines pertain to Facebook, but you can do similar things with MySpace,Twitter, LinkedIn, and others:   

  1. Change your privacy settings so that only friends can view your profile
  2. Separate your friends into groups (lists), such as coworkers, employees, family, etc.
  3. Make your password difficult to hack by including capital letters, punctuation, and numbers.  Don’t be like Mel Brooks in Spaceballs!
  4. Make sure people can see only what you want them to see, particularly the function of what you like
  5. Preview your profile to ensure you’d be comfortable if Grandpa saw it
  6. In your account settings, enable secure browsing, particularly if you use a public or unsecured Wi-Fi network
  7. In Account Security you can request an e-mail any time somebody tries to log into Facebook from a computer that is not in your profile
  8. Many apps have access to your Facebook information, and you can limit this in your privacy settings
  9. While you’re in there, check what information is accessible through your friends, so disable the ones you don’t want to share
  10. Posting on walls is now very popular.  Unfortunately, so is spamming on walls.  To keep your wall clean, you can change your settings so that nobody can post on your wall.

       Some of this may seem like overkill, but it’s good way to maintain the security of your personal information.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out! 

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale

 

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