Keep your computer safe and up-to-date
Set up your system to receive automatic updates for all your programs and applications. Don’t forget about your browser, anti-virus software and personal firewall when updating, too.
Protect yourself from TMI
Social networking means opening up and sharing information online with others, but there’s some information you just shouldn’t share online (SSN, DOB, home address, etc.). Protecting yourself from sharing Too Much Information (TMI) can save you from ID Theft and even protect your physical safety.
Don’t connect to strangers
It’s very easy to set up a false persona in social media, either as a joke or maliciously, so make sure that the person contacting you is who they say they are. Don’t connect with people you don’t know, and don’t accept people just to expand your community. You should also be cautious about using some applications, since most apps access your information and can share it with third parties.
Update your privacy options
Social media sites are feeling the pressure to give users more control over personal privacy settings. Check out the settings, configuration, and privacy pages of your favorite social media sites and customize those settings to fit your needs. Make sure you revisit those settings from time to time as most social media sites allow access to new partner sites regularly.
It’s a good idea to Google your name every once in a while to check out your information as others can see it. It’s important to know what type and where information about you shows up. With this information you could adjust privacy settings on certain sites or even find out if someone else is using your identity.