Facebook and other problems

Facebook’s security isn’t going to protect you from every threat on the Internet. That responsibility falls on your shoulders.

Luckily, there are plenty of resources that can help you determine the most effective ways of protecting your private information and avoiding online hoaxes. An excellent example is this recent article in PC World. You don’t have to read the whole thing, though. I’ll just summarize the most important parts for you.

1. Don’t use your real credit card number online. Instead, choose a virtual number that’s only good for a single use.

2. Protect your home network with a password (no, don’t use your address or your name). Also set your wifi router so that it doesn’t broadcast the network name. That way, the only people who can access it are those who already know the right name.

3. Make sure your hard drive is encrypted. ‘Nuff said.

4 and 5. Keep all of your software up-to-date, that means your operating system, antivirus software, and every other piece of software that you use. The latest editions will recognize the latest viruses.

6. Use an app such as Lookout Mobile security to lock down your smart phone.

7. Install a link checker that will tell when to avoid fishy links that might lead you to clickjacked sites and other scams.

8. Get a lock for your laptop. A real, physical, you can’t open this sucker lock. It won’t stop someone from stealing your computer, but it’ll stop them from accessing files.

9. Look for HTTPS, especially on retail sites, Facebook, Myspace, your bank… On second thought, stick to HTTPS instead of HTTP at all times and you’ll make your life a lot easier.

10. Don’t use public or otherwise unsecured wireless networks. You’re just begging for someone more tech savvy than you to eavesdrop.

11. Don’t choose obvious passwords. The more random, the better. In fact, there are plenty of sites that will help you choose random passwords.

12. Check your credit report annually to make sure that someone hasn’t stolen your information, opened a credit card, and purchased enough electronics to boost Apple’s stock price by 10 points.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on April 29, 2011.

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