Stop and Think Before Connecting
The use of social media outlets continues to be a personal interest of mine with regards to etiquette and safety. Noted below is yet another article that I hope is useful for those who “surf the net.” In today’s world, one’s privacy is less likely to be protected. The more that people know about you the more likely that others will want to “label” you or comprise your integrity. While my intent is not to scare people from enjoying the benefits of social media, I am an advocate of stopping to think before connecting.
Tips for Online Use
- THINK BEFORE YOU ACT: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
- BE A GOOD ONLINE CITIZEN: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
- POST ONLINE ABOUT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM POST ABOUT YOU: The Golden Rule applies online as well.
- WHEN IN DOUBT THROW IT OUT: Links in emails, social media posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
- CAREFUL WHEN USING HOT SPOTS TO LOGIN: Public login websites are great if you want to save data, however, the risk of someone else seeing your information is present.
- PROTECT YOUR MONEY: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for web addresses with https://. Http:// is not secure. “S” makes the difference.
- SHARE WITH CARE: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.