#TipTuesday: 6 Tips to Keep You Safe on Social Media

Each Tuesday, BBB puts out a new set of tips every consumer can use to keep themselves safer and smarter when making financial decisions.
June 23, 2014

The online world in which we live is growing ever more fast-paced, especially when it comes to social media. What tends to go by the wayside, however, is awareness for the ramifications of having potentially sensitive information on our Facebook or Instagram accounts for all to see. For the latest #TipTuesday series, BBB offers six tips to encourage social media users to secure their accounts and keep their information safe.

Tip #1: Secure your information. Be careful when entering sensitive information (credit cards, driver's license, Social Security number) online. Always make sure the website is secure by looking for the "s" in "https" at the beginning of the site's web address.

Tip #2: Think before sending. It's never a good idea to send credit card numbers, Social Security number, or other sensitive information to another person through email or text. Doing so could accidentally expose such information to the wrong eyes.

Tip #3: How private is private? Periodically check your privacy settings on social media sites. Limit your profile views to only the people you trust with your information.

Tip #4: Don't overshare. Think twice before posting your vacation plans or other personal information. Scammers and thieves may take advantage while you're away or vulnerable. 

Tip #5: It's online to stay. What goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet (Snapchat is no exception). Always ask yourself if what you're posting should be seen by a future boss (or your future in-laws!)

Tip #6: Read the privacy policy. Reading the privacy policy for a website tells you exactly what that business can and will do with your information. What you find might change your mind about the things you post.



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