5 Simple Steps for Safe Social Networking
I. Type The URL Yourself
• When visiting websites that require a username and password (like
Facebook, Twitter and your online back account) always type out the entire
URL yourself. Don’t follow someone else’s link or a bookmark. Most
phishing and hacking occur when criminals trick your computer’s
bookmarks or webpage history into redirecting you to a phony site. Once
you’re there and enter your login information, they have it and will use it.
II. Limit The Number Administrators On Your Social Networking
• Every person with Administrative privileges on your social networking
accounts can put your pages at risk. If any of your Administrative accounts
are compromised, Hackers will also have access to your campaign’s social
networking groups and pages.
III. Watch What You Download
• 90% of PC infections (virus or spyware) occur because you opened the
door and invited them in. Just like you would only allow a licensed and
credible plumber into your house to fix your toilet, whenever something
asks to be downloaded or installed on your PC, ask yourself, “Would I let
these people in my house?” If the answer is no, don’t download the
software. If you need the software or update, it will be available from a
website or company you trust (Microsoft, Adobe, etc.).
IV. Avoid Easy Targets - Use Web Browsers Wisely
• Most phishing, hacking and viruses target the most common web browser,
Microsoft Internet Explorer. By using other programs, most viruses can’t
get in. GrassRoots 2.0 recommends Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox
which are available for free.
V. Scan Your Computer For Viruses and Spyware Weekly
• The longer these fun friends sit on you computer, the more trouble they will
cause you. Often criminals trying to gain access to your social networking
accounts use Spyware which monitors your movements. Scanning your PC
weekly for these threats can dramatically reduce the risk of someone
gaining access. Many versions of Windows come with anti-spyware tools
or we recommend Lavasoft’s AdAware which is available for free.