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Safe Social Networking

Safe Social Networking

Practice Safe Social Networking

Social networking is an excellent way to stay connected with your friends, family and even Sandia Area. Networking on social media can be a valuable resource for learning about products and services, asking questions or sharing opinions. But as with other content on the web, we recommend using caution when visiting social networking sites or "friending" others. Follow our tips to protect yourself against social networking fraud and identity theft.

How to protect yourself from social networking fraud

With more and more people joining social networks, there has been increased danger of social engineering, a form of identity theft where thieves gather personal information from available sections of social networking sites.

By taking the following precautions, you can guard against social networking fraud.

  • Before joining a social networking site or community, research it online to make sure it's legitimate.
  • Do not use the same username and password to log into social networking sites that you use to access your Sandia Area accounts.
  • Never share personal information such as: User IDs, PINs and account numbers on social media sites.
  • Create a screen name that doesn't reveal too much about you.
  • Be careful when clicking links. Even if the message appears to come from a friend, contact the sender directly to make sure it's authentic.
  • Post only information you are comfortable with others seeing, and regard information posted on social media sites as public and permanent.
  • Use privacy settings to limit access to your information.
  • Never include any information that can help thieves steal your identity, such as your address, phone number or even employment information.

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