If you’re thinking about joining or using a social-networking site such as Facebook or Twitter, keep these ideas in mind:

  • Consider site privacy and logistics policies. Some sites allow only users to access posted content, while others have lax privacy policies.
  • Restrict access to your profile and information. Do not correspond with anyone you don’t know or trust.
  • Do not post or reveal personal information. Likewise, don’t post anyone else’s personally identifiable information.
  • Use unidentifiable screen names. Make sure your screen name does not reveal your name, age, hometown, or residence.
  • Do not trust strangers. Do not provide sensitive financial information over the Internet or phone unless you are communicating with a verified and secure location, such as the number or Web address found on the back of a credit card or statement.

The Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and other social-networking sites are a fun place to connect with your friends and family, but be cautious of strangers, computer viruses, and hackers. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Copyright 2010 Javelin Strategy & Research (revised)

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