Mobile phone users are increasingly becoming more vulnerable to malware and viruses from social networking sites. This is because all their data is available on a very popular site for the professional and hackers to use illegally. Since there is so much traffic in the cyber world, viruses travel fast and most of the time infect users without them even knowing.
It is very unsettling that one can’t know which sites are safe and which aren’t, or which applications are actually viruses. In a moment, a user can lose all her information, photos, videos, credit card numbers and etc. All would be easily available for the hacker to use in any way they want. However, does one stop using social media sites and continuously live with fear of being made a victim of malware? Not at all. Here are some tips that users should follow in order to avoid such instances:
Talking to strangers – not a good idea
To avoid being hacked or having your software infected with a virus, make sure you don’t talk to strangers on the internet. This is the easiest way a user can get hacked. It is easy for spyware professionals to extract users’ private information just by pretending to be an “18 year old teen looking for a friend” online. If you still want to make new friends on the internet, make use of applications like Glancee and Highlight that are specifically designed for this purpose.
This tip is especially for teens and children as they usually are unaware of the rules of social networking. Though parents can use parental monitoring software to make sure their children are not vulnerable to any malware or viral activity, it is best that children are made aware of the dangers of handling social media on their own.
Boost privacy settings
It is often the case that most people do not change their network settings to increase protection on their private data. Some people do not even know how to secure their privacy by changing their settings on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. These sites also keep changing their settings and thus depending only on default settings make users more vulnerable to being hacked. Therefore, on Facebook, users should limit their photos and videos to be viewed only by friends and remove themselves from being searched on Facebook. This will ensure a level of security and one’s information will not be made public. Likewise, on twitter, the ‘protect’ option should be used for all tweets.
Better safe than sorry
The most important tip is to be aware. Protect yourself and your children from being vulnerable to malware and hackers by being in the loop about social networking sites. If parents know about their children’s activities on the internet, the applications or games they download and the new weird suspicious friends they make online, they would be able to save their children from these dangers; of course, parental monitoring software helps in doing this too.
Users should be careful while downloading new software, updates etc. and check beforehand if these applications are safe or not. With various technology experts and bloggers on the internet, it is now very easy for users to do so and keep their data secure.
Jane Andrew is the author of monitoring software for computer and parental control software. She provides tips, tricks and news about computer and internet security. You can also follow her on Twitter @janeandrew01 to get the latest tips about computer security.