Monday, November 2, 2009

Social Networking Safety Tips

Here are some tips that can be taken into considerations while working with online networking.

Protect your privacy
You can avoid these risks and enjoy social networking sites by following a few sensible guidelines:
· Don’t let peer pressure or what other people are doing on these sites push you into doing something you’re not comfortable with. Just because other people post their mobile phone number or birthday, doesn’t mean you have to.
· Be wary of publishing any identifying information about yourself. In particular things like: phone numbers, pictures of your home, workplace or school, your address, birthday or full name.
· Pick a user name that doesn’t include any personal information. For example, “joe_glasgow” or “jane_liverpool” would be bad choices.
· Set up a separate email account that doesn’t use your real name and use that to register and receive mail from the site. That way if you want to shut down your connection, you can simply stop using that mail account. This is very simple and quick to do using such providers as Hotmail or Yahoo.

· Use a strong password.
· What goes online stays online. Don’t say anything or publish pictures that might cause you embarrassment later. As a general rule, if you wouldn’t say it to your boss or your grandmother, don’t say it online.
· Learn how to use the site. Use the privacy features on the site you use to restrict strangers’ access to your profile. Be guarded about who you let join your network.
· Be on your guard against phishing scams.

Further Reading
Another Impotant thing is not to give out a lot of details of hwre you work and what you do - work history online.


  1. I agree that getting into a panic about SNS is not the way to go, but rather to manage security by being sensible. Looking yourself away isn't going to help your learning or facilitation:

  2. Hi Krishan
    I really appreciated your article and the additional comment from Sara. I have to admit to being very wary about Facebook which is wha I have kept a tight control with trusted friend and family. I have signed in to alot of groups during this course to explore and comment, while keeing my profile very brief. Sarh's video link is amusing worth viewing!

  3. Hi Krishan,
    good re-enforcements,i like the bit about pressure,hope the newere generation too abide by this with security point of view.
    P.S dont have access to youtube, but will have a go at it soon.

  4. well done Krishan- some really useful tips here.
    Better than blind panic, but I must confess I'm still wary.

  5. Very Interesting Video - about google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village. Cool :)

    Thanks Sarah.