Here's how to safeguard your identity and your personal data in the age of the social Web.
Web surfing is no longer a solo affair. Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks have quickly become an integral part of the online culture, and with them comes a whole new array of potential security threats. In this article, I'll identify some of the key dangers of social networking and offer a few easy steps that you can take to stay safe online.
Social networking is built on the idea of sharing information openly and fostering a sense of community. Unfortunately, an online network of individuals actively sharing their experiences and seeking connections with other like-minded people can be easy prey for hackers bent on social-engineering and phishing attacks. It's important to be aware of the threats, and to maintain a healthy skepticism in your online interactions.
-Be Careful What You Share
-Remember Who Your Friends Are
-Friends of Friends May See Your Post
-What Do Quizzes Reveal About You?
-Control What You Can
-Hijacking and Phishing
-Beware Friends Seeking Money
-What's Behind That Tiny URL?
See complete story: PCWorld, Sep 25, 2009 8:00 am