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Toronto Computer Support Specialists Share Social Media Security Tips

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Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. We post updates about where we eating, pictures of family and friends, and other details about our business and personal lives online for everyone to see. While sharing our interests with our friends, family, and business colleagues is a great way to stay in contact with each other, unfortunately, there are security risks you need to be aware of to protect yourself.

Hacking Risks Everyday there are tens of thousands of new malware, viruses and other intrusive pieces of code being developed and released online. While no social media site is 100% secure against hacking, there are steps you can take to reduce your information from being hacked. One of the easiest ones is to make sure you change your passwords to social media sites once every three months. You should also make sure to use a different password for every online site, just in case one gets hacked, so you do not have to worry about your other social media accounts being compromised.

Review and Update Privacy/Security Settings All social media sites have privacy/security settings you control. By default most of these are set to allow anyone to see what you post online, regardless of whether they are a member of your

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family or a friend. One way to determine what others can see on your social media sites is to use a computer that you have not signed into the social media site on before. You can create a “generic” account and search for your name to see what information others can see.

Personal Information Risks Before you post or respond to someone else’s post, think about what information is in the content. Could it reveal personal information about you that you would not otherwise disclose? For instance, look at the backgrounds of pictures before you post them. Does the background show some detail that someone could zoom in to find out where you live or other such details you might not want to share?

Avoid Online Surveys You have probably seen those“fun” surveys your friends have in their status updates, like “15 Things You Didn’t Know About Me.” The problem with these types of surveys is they often request you enter in personal information to complete them, so it is best to simply not do them.

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Do Not Allow Apps to Access Your Account Some apps will ask permission to access your friends’ lists, personal information or other data tied to your social medial account. Allowing permission is essentially inviting a stranger to post on your account and have access to all of your information.

Whether you use social media for personal or business purposes or both, remember to always take steps to protect your social media accounts and information. For businesses of all sizes in the GTA that need help with IT support services, IT security, networking, virtual and Cloud environments, and more, please feel free to contact Technical Action Group at 416-489-6312 today to learn more about our wide range of services and solutions! Source:-

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Toronto computer support specialists share social media security tips