In our day-to-day lives, we know how to act intuitively or even what we should do. We are brought up with manners. But then again social media, though new to us, most of us have not yet aware that etiquette on the internet is as essential as it is in the actual world. Honestly, I am at times stunned at how individuals project themselves on the social media platforms. Perhaps, they merely feel safer behind the safety of a glass screen. A book by Scott Steinberg explains the netiquette basics to help curb cyberbullying and much more. Below are the rules you need to know while using social media.
1. Always be careful with emails from unknown sources
Like in real life, you should be doubtful of strangers on the internet. Do not trust emails just from anybody, especially the ones that ask you to click a certain link, send a file or even open attachments. The latest trend in e-crime is deploying spear phishing attacks, in which emails look like they are from well-known persons or even banking authority and in order to do this,it should appear genuine and credible.
2. Do not disclose sensitive information online.
It is from social media that criminals get information about you. They will use details like,name,city,address, birth date, your partner’s name and any other thing that they might find helpful to them, therefore by improving your social media security settings, you will prevent criminals from invading your information and preventing identity theft.
3. Always keep your account information private.
Our identifications for the online accounts, passwords, usernames has a lot of significant information and for that matter,they are the most looked for targets by the cybercriminals. Furthermore,using the same password for various sites is risky as it is easier for a hacker to break into your other accounts after knowing one password. Use a password manager to help recall the login details.
4. Be mindful of what you post.
Most of the time, we post our locations, pictures and even remarks which we may think is just fine since we use an unidentified username on certain site, have in mind that whatever you post will forever remain on the internet. Without forgetting that search engines save and categorize your content on various internet servers.
5. Always use anti-virus protection and backup copies of important files.
Do not go online before you have a good antivirus protection, avoiding adult websites will not keep you safe from antivirus now that hackers hide mischievous code even in genuine websites. And sometimes even that may not be enough as some ransomware programs are so cultured it is technologically incredible to decrypt them and even though you may have security protection, there could be a system crash, a ransomware attack or a hard disk failure. To help curb this, always have backup copies of the documents that would be useful later.
This article is to majorly stress on the link between online behavior also known as netiquette and also security knowledge. Just like we do in real life, being mindful every now and then is also important on the internet. Hence, most of the threats that you will come across online depend on human error so as to break into your systems.