Never use the same password. This is a common mistake. Do not use your pet, address, child’s name, phone number, etc as a password especially if they are mentioned anywhere on you social media page. Be creative as well. Don’t use “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8” because it is the most common password.
Limit usage of social networking sites to personal use only. Do not write about work issues. Always assume everyone in the world will be able to see what you’re writing even if the site limits your post to your friends exclusively. Businesses may be able to use that to terminate your employment or prevent you from being hired.
Try to avoid mentioning where you work, where you live, or where you currently are; so that if you mention something you thought innocent (but that might be valuable information for criminals) they will not know who to target. Definitely don’t mention you are enjoying your vacation away from home because you don’t want to advertise to criminals looking for a house to break into!
Do not log on to your social network page from public computers such as internet cafés where someone might have installed a key logger and would later get access to your credentials. Always make sure you have a good anti-virus, secured internet and your computer is up to date.
Do not automatically trust that posts are from who they claim they are; if your workmate sends you a private message asking for some confidential information first verify that he/she did really send you that message as their account might have been compromised.
Do not send confidential information through a social networking site even if someone who has legitimate access to that information asks you to. See point number 2.
Beware of what links you click and what software you download and install. Do not trust links/software sent by your friends implicitly as they themselves might not be aware it includes malware or their account might have been compromised. You should always do your own research and verify links by other means instead of just clicking on them.
Always be skeptical and wary. If someone asks to be friends on a social networking site and the profile appears to match a work mate, check personally with that person before accepting him as he could be an imposter. Also be skeptical of any offers or prizes you might have been told you won, they might actually be phishing attacks.
Ensure your computer is up to date and has good antivirus protection; social networking sites are frequent targets of malware attacks.
Parents-your child may have more than one social media. It is common for children to have one that they show their parents, and the other is the one they don’t want you to know about.