Watch what you post: Protect personal information online

With social media growing more prevalent among today’s youth, Internet privacy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter becomes more and more of an issue in daily lives.
The Internet provided users with a false sense of anonymity and security, resulting in people disclosing more information than they would in real life. According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, this proved to be dangerous because hackers could use this information to stalk someone or deliver spam.
According to Network World, social security numbers, birthdays, home addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information should be kept private. Some sites may have options to limit this information to a select group of people, so always check the sites’ privacy settings.
Additionally, always verify if a friend or acquaintance’s account is real before sending them private messages. It may seem like people only make fake accounts for celebrities, but it is more widespread than that. Hackers have used fake accounts to embarrass the real person or steal their identity for financial gain.
Security In-a-Box recommended social media users to never feel pressured to accept follow requests from strangers. Some of these strangers seem harmless, but they may be using posted pictures to target or stalk users.
USA Today suggested creating different passwords for every social media platform. Otherwise, once someone hacks into one account, they can then access all other accounts.
There is no avoiding being exposed to social media today, but there are essential steps to staying safe online, such as being careful about posting pictures and friending users.