Safety in Social Media

I love my social networks and enjoy keeping in touch with family and friends, however it is a bit scary to know that just a few clicks, posts, and messages, you could give enough personal information to compromise your privacy and even open yourself up to identify theft.  So it’s critical that you know how to protect yourself when using these sites.  Here are a few suggestions when using social media.

  • The Internet is permanent:  Once it’s on your site, it will stay forever.  Yes, even if you decide to delete the account, you don’t know if someone has already printed or copied your text or photos.
  • When a friend request comes your way, be selective and don’t just friend everyone that asked.  Only “friend” people you know in the real world.
  • Links are great, but they can be dangerous as well.  Even if they’re from friends.  Hackers prey on social networks because you are more likely to click on something from a friend.  Also, be wary of offers with the word “free” in the subject line, or ones that sound too good to be true.
  • Check and manage your privacy settings on a regular basis.  Make sure that you are only sharing information with friends and family and check regularly in case there are any changes.
  • Be aware of the information you share on one social network may be linked to another social network.  For instance, a photo you post on Twitter may automatically be posted on your Facebook page as well.
  • Be selective about what personal information you reveal.  Be suspicious of anyone who asks for your personal information online and never share your home address, phone number, social security number, mothers maiden name, or birth year.  This information is key for identify theft.
  • Turn off the GPS function on your smartphone camera.  If you plan to share images online, make sure that you turn off the GPS on your device to keep your exact location private.
  • Don’t enable any auto login, make sure that you don’t have your “apps” set to automatically log in and that you don’t have your computer’s browser “remember” your login and password.  That way if someone does get access to your devices, they can’t automatically access your social sites, or other important sites like banks.
  • Change your password frequently.  Choose hard-to-guess passwords that are at least eight characters long and a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, and change them regularly.  Also make sure you use different password for each account.  Yick I hate this one.
  • Be conscious of old accounts you may have that are no longer being used.  Don’t risk leaving personal data in an old account, such as a Myspace page you haven’t used in years, or an online dating site you no longer used.  Instead close the account you don’t use and delete as much personal information from them as possible.

About Toni Chrystal

Little About Terri Crozier and Toni Chrystal As business partners, identical twin sisters, and friends; Terri and Toni have an incredible synergy. To ask them where this comes from, they'd tell you it's just what happens when you combine their unique personalities and hard work ethic they both have. The passion for real estate and the compassion to educate and consult their seller and buyer clients is their first goal when listing or selling a home. They are both tech saavy with extensive computer and internet experience. Born and raised in White Plains, two veteran agents with a combined 35 years experience as Professional Realtors. Let "The Twins" Empower You with Knowledge and Information For each and every client their goal is to empower you with up to date information about current market conditions. Their approach has earned them the respect of collegues and clients throughout Westchester Counter and especially in their marketplace "White Plains". If you speak to Toni she would tell you "with over 93% of the consumers searching on line today; it is essential to be a tech saavy agent and be able to market for today's consumer on line." "We Listen" It's not about us ... it's about "YOU" whether a Seller Client or Buyer Client we appreciate your business and respect your goals and needs. As your real estate professionals our job is to "LISTEN" as well as "COMMUNICATE" to you so we all arrive at the closing table with a successful experience. Allow our expertise and guidance to take you through the priocess of selling or buying your next home. Contact us: Toni and Terri for all Your Real Estate Needs Full Time Professional Real Estate Associate Brokers Listing and Selling Homes for the Houlihan Lawrence White Plains Branch Office. Assist sellers and buyers with their real estate needs. Consult sellers on marketing conditions and pricing their property to sell. With a customized marketing plan and pricing strategy proven successful for getting homes sold in a timely manor. With a superb follow up system keeping sellers constantly updated with information necessary to achieve a successful and timely sale. Our goal is to provide such an amazing service that you "The Seller" can sit back and relax knowing you have competent agents working on your best behalf. Consult "buyers" on finding their dream home. Providing information and disclosures needed to make an informed decision to purchase a home that they can afford. Working with buyers to locate and educate them from the day we meet to the day we close, and continue to be your real estate agent for life. Proficient with technology and love computers and the internet. Skilled marketing properties on line for enhanced exposure around the world. www.tonichrystal.com
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