Social networks: am I safe!


Social networking sites are a way for users to interact on the Internet. It is the act of interacting and networking with others in an online social environment through the use of a website. Social networking is a popular computer term and is a popular phenomenon among the demographic ranging from teens to those in their thirties. Many such sites have sprung up and provide a platform for people to form their communities, make friends online, and discuss common topics of interest to them. Some of these include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google +, etc.

Based on my personal experience of using / using, if not all, but most of them, I think it is important to share the same with other internet users, especially those who use the social media. You have to be careful about what information you share on these profiles and what information should be kept secret. It’s a fact that social media and other related players provide us with the opportunity to stay informed about the latest news and other events, but at the same time, social media has become a place where we can be just as uninformed. .

What is more alarming is that many people share the updates without checking them, which are later learned to be fake. The extent of false information available on social media is alarming and recent events have definitely cast doubt on many social media platforms. Considering the large number of people who depend on social media for information, the cause for concern is understandable. In addition, in many cases, as has been observed, it has been difficult to distinguish between false information and facts due to secondary, tertiary and similar sources who themselves were recipients and had just passed on information. information without trying to verify it.

Here are some of those things that you need to take care not to share with others on a social networking site:

Personal messages

As a net etiquette, you should not share personal information on a social networking site. In many of them, like Facebook, the shared information is posted on the wall, which is visible to everyone. If this is a personal note, it may not be appreciated by many others.

Sharing contact details

One of the main security threats would be to publish your details on the net. It would be an open invitation to intruders. If you go on vacation and also post these details online, you are indirectly inviting burglars to visit your home while you are away.

What you think of your workplace and your employers

You should be careful not to divulge information related to your place of work as well as gossip or offensive language about your elders on a social networking site. It can jeopardize your job and create bad relationships with people at work. Some organizations even fire employees and take things discussed on these sites very seriously. In this regard, websites such as Facebook are blocked and employees do not have access to those in their organization.

Interconnected sites

People who use a social networking site are forced to use one of the others as well. Many of us are part of Facebook and LinkedIn at the same time. Considering the same scenario, if you share information on Facebook, chances are that the information is accessible on LinkedIn as well. This applies even more when two sites are linked to each other on one of your profiles. So what you post on one is also accessible on the other. Since you post conflicting information on these two sites, it may affect your work and your status as an employee.


This is the worst information that can be shared on the net. Passwords and password recovery questions should be as secure as possible. For password recovery tips, don’t choose a very common question, the answer of which can be guessed by anyone. Once your password is taken by someone else, your account can be misused.

Social networking sites are meant to socialize and keep in touch with your friends and to create and add more to your existing circle and with these few criteria in mind it’s safe.

Don’t just use social media, learn to use it too wisely.

(The author did a PhD from the University of Kashmir and can be emailed to [email protected])


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