Precautions while using Social Networking Sites

 | June 08,2011 11:17 am IST

Social networking sites have become an indispensable part of our everyday life. We hardly manage to stay away from it.

According to a study, on an average people spend more than five and a half hours daily on social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter.


The social networking sites help us stay connected with friends, share photographs, exchange ideas and so on. Some people are so obsessed with social networking that they even tell what they had in lunch, who are the people they are meeting, what they did during the weekend and information so private and personal.


Some people do not even mind going public in sharing the most private moments of their life they shared with their partner. They would update a romantic status message for their partner, read by hundreds of friends and friends of friends, letting everybody post the weirdest of comments.'


Remember, online social networking is not your personal diary. Millions of people can get access to what you post.


Here are some precautions one must take while using a social networking site:

Keep personal info personal
Do not share your personal information with a website you do not trust. If you are sharing you personal details social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc then make sure to customize your security settings and only allow people you trust to view this info.


Do not share your personal matters over social networking sites or you will become a stooge.


Limit viewers
Make use of the privacy settings of your social networking account. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have very strong privacy settings; make sure to set your privacy settings whenever you are sharing new pictures, posts limiting the view to close friends or family.


Make sure you know your friends personally
Be cautious before accepting any random friend request you have. Do not accept a friend request until and unless you really know that person. Do not make friends with people you do not know as this might land you in trouble some day. These strangers can access your personal information, view your photos and use it for some nasty purposes.

Choosing a profile picture
Your profile picture is viewed by millions of user on the social networking platform. Thus, adding fuzz or smearing might help you in preventing misuse of your profile picture.


Account info: keep it safe
Ignore an email asking for your social networking account details. Do not ever provide your user id and password to such mail sender as they might be spammers.


There is ‘n’ number of applications on social networking sites and users, generally younger ones use these applications extensively. Remember these applications are by third parties and might be targeted at accessing your personal information. Think twice before clicking any such application, do not let them goofy you.






Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. is not responsible for the views and opinions of the posters.
6 + 4 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.


neetu on 06/09/11 at 03:28 pm

thanks for the tips