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Saturday, August 11, 2012

How to Use Twitter Safely

Twitter is one of the most popular social networking sites online. To date, there are more than 500 million users. Almost everyone has a Twitter account, with government entities and vital organizations making use of it as a crucial tool in communicating in states of emergencies, natural disasters and international events.

Making use of Twitter safely, however, is sometimes neglected due to the simple fact that twitter users are unaware of these dangers.

How can you use Twitter safely? Here are pointers you could adapt:

Pointer #1 – Do not tweet vital personal information Tweeting personal information could allow criminals to have access of information they could use. Do not tweet that you are on your way to the bank, even specifying the name the bank. You could be giving essential information to people who may be monitoring your movements. Avoid tweeting vacation destinations, like “On our way to Cayman for a week of frolic and fun.” To you, you have posted the 140 word tweet in the name of fun, but this could be information to thieves that no one is at home.

Pointer #2 – Follow only reputable Tweet peeps Avoid following users whom you are not sure of. Do not click links from other members that look spammy. Allow only trusted followers to your updates. The quantity of your followers is not important. It is the quality of your followers and the persons you follow that counts.

Pointer #3 – Protect your password Your password is your key to your account. Do not let anyone use it. Change your password every 6 months, to lessen its propensity of being hacked. Combine the letters’ lower and upper cases; symbols, and numbers for your password. Log in only at the site, and do not use the same passwords for all your sites. Ascertaining that your password is safe is one of the most important methods on how to protect your Twitter account safely.

Pointer #4 – Beware of direct messages Do not reply to direct messages from users whom you are not familiar with. This is one way for scammers to trick you into their unlawful activities. They may be able to steal from you your banking data and other significant information.

Pointer #5 – Do not click on suspicious links Avoid clicking suspicious links on Twitter and links sent to your email. Just like pointer #4, these may be phishing scams out to steal your personal information and use it for their criminal activities.

These are some of the safety tips you could use on twitter. Common sense would dictate other safety tips that you have to practice. Being aware of these dangers would help you enjoy your micro-blogging experience.