You’re social – but are you savvy and safe online?

Test your social media safety knowledge by answering each question with a ‘True’ or ‘False.’

 

1. You should accept every social media friend request you get. It’s all about networking!

False

Allowing people to access your social media profiles is kind of like deciding who you let inside your house – you don’t let everyone in who comes to the door, so don’t add everyone who wants to be your friend online either!

 

2. You should not tag people in photos without their consent.

True

For personal and professional reasons, your friends and family members might prefer not to be identified in your online photo albums. Protect their privacy. If they do want to be included, they can tag themselves later.

 

3. You should use the same password for all your social media accounts.

False

Having a single password makes it easier and faster to log into your accounts, but it also makes hacking your accounts and stealing your information easier too. Create unique and strong passwords for each of your accounts and, if you need to, write the passwords down in a safe place. A strong password will have a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Change your passwords every so often.

 

4. You need to set your privacy settings once when you set up your social media account, and you don’t need to check the privacy settings ever again.

False

Social media privacy settings change frequently. Make a habit of checking your settings at least once a month to make sure your preferences are up to date.

 

5. You should think about why you’re posting or sharing information before your actually do.

True

It’s almost impossible to erase a digital footprint. Part of safeguarding your privacy online is limiting what you post, comment on or share.

 

6. It’s okay to share confidential information with friends and family using social media.

False

Operate under the assumption that everything you do online is publically available. Keep confidential information confidential!

 

7. Social media is just too dangerous to use.

False

You can choose to stay offline entirely, but by educating yourself and taking steps to stay safe, using social media can provide you with entertaining and informative content.