Social Media for Beginners: Your Security Questions, ANSWERED

Entering the social media sphere is both exciting and understandably scary at the same time.  Social media gives you a rare opportunity to connect with people from all over the world.  Plus, if you have something important or creative to share, you have the ability to impact others through captivating tweets, blog posts, colorful Pinterest boards, and so much more!

But don’t let your worries get in the way of experiencing all that social media has to offer you.  Learn more about how you can tackle those fears and finally enjoy social media!

Are Social Networking Sites Secure?

Sites can only be as secure as they possibly can because there is no such thing as complete security online.  Whenever you visit any site, whether it’s a Facebook page or a science blog, data relating to that visit is recorded; like your computer’s IP address or shipping information if you’ve recently made an online purchase.

For example, online stores use “cookies” to remember certain information to better personalize your user experience.  You’ve probably noticed this while visiting your favorite marketplace sites and seeing a “welcome back, Jane Doe” message.  So in an effort to make the web more user-friendly and functional, your activity data is used to create that experience.

This is why you shouldn’t let security concerns hinder you from trying out social media.  All users are subjected to the same terms, plus you’ll notice different measures taken to ensure a more secure web experience; like password security questions, text message registration confirmation, and other methods to ensure better overall security.

Can What I Say Be Used Against Me?

Technically the answer to this question is “yes,” but this question also triggers the importance of using common sense online.  Once you start posting online and feeling more comfortable, you can really hit your stride when it comes to self-expression.  But just like in-person communication, you also have to practice some level of restraint.  As long as you think before you tweet, post, and upload photos, you don’t need to worry about your content coming back to hurt you.

Nothing Gets Deleted From The Internet!

This is true.  And did you know that even tweets are saved in the Library of Congress?  It all comes back to practicing common sense when you conduct yourself online, and being online gives some users a sense of power that they don’t normally exercise in the real world.  Your social media activity does leave a permanent paper trail like any other web activity, but you can choose whether it includes questionable behavior or not.

The Risk Of Identity Theft

This is a common concern that shouldn’t be overlooked.  This is a very real fear online, but there are things you can do to protect yourself from potential identity theft!

One of the most simplest and creative things you can do is register your own name as a domain.  This is a great way of really owning your identity online.  I actually did this years ago and it was one of the best investments I’ve made!

This is especially important if you’re looking to build a web presence and distribute original content under your name.  Once you start building your name and the web becomes aware, your own .com becomes that official source of your content and brand.

Understanding your social network’s privacy setting is also key for protecting yourself against identity theft.  Your social media profile information doesn’t have to be as public as you want it to be.  In fact you can change those privacy settings right now with this quick and easy guide.

Now that you know the rules of the social media game, sign up today and start expressing your amazing self to the world!

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  • Chris Bynum

    As always, Megan, you keep it simple. And you make it fun. And you know your stuff!

    • megan

      Thank you Chris:) xoxoxo