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Social media and you! A guide about securing your private information

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#1 Coldfreeze

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 03:25 PM

First let me introduce myself, the name is Coldfreeze, Cold or Freeze to friends. In my personal life I have been active in IT for over three years and did a lot of research into security, I also do provide starting companies with information on how to protect themselves from certain hazards, like social media and or leaks in their security, but today I will be discussing social media.

 

some of you have put their social media links on their profile, most of those social media links are unprotected, making it easy to find out where you live and or what your name is.

 

As I was looking through forum profiles, I noticed that things like social media and private information by some of you is not that well protected. I decided to help you guys and gals with a small guide to make sure that you will not provide any personal information unwanted.

 

 

Some of you have also protected their accounts, but still show their friends.

Conversations with friends are a small source of information, but if you put some of those small bits information together, it isn’t that hard to get to know some basic stuff about you.

If there is ANY trade of personal information needed, do this through a personal message, on Facebook and our beloved forum.

 

Most social media sites have an option to hide certain information from outside viewers.

 

Twitter

 

The social media service base upon a simple concept of 140 character per message and for the sake of saying a little birdie just told me.

Twitter has an option in settings called Security and privacy in this you can adjust setting such as:

 

Protect my tweets allows you to select which user can see your tweets

 

Discoverability Lets people find you by email.

There are tons of other settings which you can adjust to make sure that your personal information is only seen by people you trust.

 

 

Facebook

 

The hugely popular social media giant and also the downfall of many politicians (I love the internet.)

 

Facebook also has a lot of options to protect yourself

 

 

The most important parts of these are:

 

Security: multiple options to protect your account

 

Privacy:  Multiple options to protect your well…um…privacy. most important section here is the “Who can see my stuff area?

 

A lot thing you your self can prevent are part of your own willingness to give out information, some simple guide lines are:

  • Never give out any personal information to someone you do not know
  • If a site requires a Facebook account, just deny it if you don't want to do so. (depends on your personal view, this forum has it.)
  • Moderators on these forums cannot oblige you to give any personal information, if some does, try report him immediately.

If this proves handy to some people let me know and if you want more information about anything else IT security related, PM and I’ll see if I can help.

 

Stay safe!

 

Coldfreeze


Edited by Azaxx, 13 March 2014 - 01:04 AM.
"Moderators on these forums cannot oblige you to give any personal information, if some does, try report him immediately." We don't do that :P

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 03:27 PM

How do I do internetz?


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 04:09 PM

Pretty good information.

Should be pinned, as this information could help a lot of people out :)


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 05:35 PM

nice work mr freeze but i would say when you go into the facebook and twitter bits you can show us where to go to find some of these options since you said there is a lot of options to protect your account


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 01:13 AM

I can safely say this, and I know others would agree that I'm one of the most uptight people regarding my personal life and sharing it with others.

I never link my Facebook/other social media, and I barely give out my name to anyone. Even my friends on Facebook who I know in real life don't know much about me from Facebook, because I've set practically everything to hidden, think even my age is hidden there.
I never tweet and don't plan to, because I'd be giving out information to the public whom I don't plan on sharing with. I never take photos of myself either and avoid them at all costs. Not one exists of me online and nor one ever will.

Even on here after nearly 3 years most people know very little about me, and what people do know is mostly a misconception on their part. So I like to think from those few points that I take my own security quite seriously lul, and although I encourage others to be wary like you're doing in your posts. Some members don't see a need to hide what they have.


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 09:15 AM

nice work mr freeze but i would say when you go into the facebook and twitter bits you can show us where to go to find some of these options since you said there is a lot of options to protect your account

Twitter has two options to protect your account settings, it's as simple as checking a box.

 

I will see if I can show some images of Facebook though, since Facebook uses a system consisting of multiple grades in settings.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:27 PM

Don't do social media it's like drugs and do you seriously want to tell everyone in the entire world everything you do in your entire life!?







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