Welcome to Facebook, and follow the links!

Facebook offers a way to re-connect with friends and family to share common interests – that’s what makes it exciting! With that comes a large responsibility regards internet security. As you and your friends develop interests, play various games, and broaden your social networking, there are many predatory applications and people out there looking to create disruptions and even steal your information.

About a month ago, one of my friends sent me a link, inviting me to an event. I was excited and I was invited to do something that would give me some real social interaction outside of the cyber world. Before I clicked the link to join the event, I paused for a few seconds. The wheels in my mind started to spin and I began to treat the invitation like a suspicious email; “Is this legitimate? What is this link really going to that is cryptic?”. My hand quickly moved the mouse away from the link, and moved to my other best friend, Google.com.

After some quick research of the link and the title of the event…..You guessed it, it wasn’t real at all. A friend of a friend invited my friend, which he unfortunately clicked, and then became part of the chain reaction of mass invitations to friends. This particular link puts you on an “I’m going to attend” list. It then embeds a small application to your Facebook profile, and generates an invitation to every single friend in your friends list. YIKES!

You can only imagine how quickly this can become a mess, especially since each time you login to Facebook, it sends a message to all of your friends through chat. Even more aggravating to your friends, is if you are signing in through a mobile device that activates the chat feature; that doesn’t allow you to see that people are screaming at you about for re-sending the same event invitation over and over.

“What can I do to avoid this?” you ask.
Here are some excellent pointers to keep your Facebook experience professional, safe, and exciting!
1. Know your security settings. Many users don’t realize that when they setup their Facebook account. The default account comes with a generic set of security settings that leave a lot of your information exposed to everyone.
2. Only accept friends you know. If you aren’t quite sure if you know them or not, message them back, get some details.
3. Use secure browsing when you are using your Facebook Account. This feature can be found by going to your account, in the upper right corner click “Account” → “Account Settings”. Under the tab “General” and then click “Change” as shown below.

4. Here you can enable SSL Security, which means your information is encrypted. You can have Facebook email you if an unrecognized device or computer attempts to use your account. (Please note that HTTPS browsing can interfere with certain Facebook Applications, and games)

5. Check your security of who sees what information. This is found under “Account” → “Privacy Settings”. This is the most important checkup you can possibly do on your account. By default, Facebook wants you to share quite a bit of information. Below is a secured setup of who can see your information:

6. Think before you post information. Once you submit your work email, personal email, phone numbers, etc, it is posted, and depending on your security measures you setup in Facebook as shown above, it can be visible to the public.

All that being said, Facebook is still a fantastic tool, and continues to enrich our experiences on multiple levels, personal and professional. Follow some of the experiences shared and this will help protect your information. Let’s feel your Facebook experience a fun and exciting one!
And last but not least, when in doubt, always ask NSR Business Solutions if you aren’t 100% sure on what you may encounter. NSR’s Web Presence Management package can bring your business to the next level by developing a Facebook site for you that maximizes your visibility!

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