7 things you need to know about cybersecurity and social networks
Michael Fertik, a professor at Harvard Law School and founder of Reputation.com, answered the most popular questions about cyber security.
Question: Is it really disappearing Snapchats?
Answer: There is ample evidence that not. 98 000 files from Snapchat have been published not so long ago - after hackers hacked an application that allows users to save Snapchat.
Question: How do I use privacy settings in Facebook?
Answer: These settings often change, so it's not easy. But the site has a function of Privacy Checkup, which will help to understand them.
Question: People can find out where I am by my posts in Instagram?
Answer: If your account is open and you mark your location in the photo, then everyone can see where you took the picture.
Question: Who is tracking my actions in social networks and why?
Answer: Companies are researching what we publish to improve the marketing of their products. Your posts, purchases, browser history are very tasty bread crumbs because they can tell a lot about you. For example, Target learned earlier about the pregnancy of a teenage girl than her relatives - and all based on her shopping history.
Question: Does the government collect my writings against Congress somewhere in my file?
Answer: If you are not threatened with violence, then most likely it only affects how people are perceived by people on your contact list. And this should be alarming, since they can potentially offer you a job or recommend you for a position.
Question: How to identify a swindler who creates a fake account on a dating site, in order to "pick up" someone?
Answer: If a person on the Internet is too perfect to be real, then probably it is. If someone has a beautiful profile photo, but no friends, and he refuses to meet, then this is already a serious “bell”.
Question: How to protect yourself in applications and online dating sites?
Answer: If you have agreed to meet, then first adhere to the rule "only in public places." Do not add anyone to your social network and do not post too much information - only after you have met a person several times.
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