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Why Is Social Media Dangerous?


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#1 Mike_Soda

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 06:48 PM

For several years now, my main reason for avoiding Social Media is because it seemed like I knew always got infected or hacked while using it. However, now that I've come to the point where I desperately need work & being a chat/forum moderator for sites such as Facebook is a viable option. I need to know, what specifically makes social media dangerous? Is it very easy for users to embed malware into posted images that infect passers by without even being clicked on? Is it only from visiting malicious links that're posted or ads?


Edited by hamluis, 26 September 2017 - 05:34 PM.
Moved from Web Browsing/Email to Gen Chat - Hamluis.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 03:19 PM

Socal Media by itself is not dangerous, but it is highly targeted by malicious people/organizations.

 

One common issue is the potential for malicious ads and links that could contain malware

 

Facebook has a good help article on how to stay safe: https://www.facebook.com/help/122006714548814?helpref=popular_topics



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 11:29 AM

BELIEVE NONE OF WHAT YOU HEAR OR READ AND ONLY HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE



#4 Mike_Soda

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 12:05 AM

Socal Media by itself is not dangerous, but it is highly targeted by malicious people/organizations.

 

One common issue is the potential for malicious ads and links that could contain malware

 

Facebook has a good help article on how to stay safe: https://www.facebook.com/help/122006714548814?helpref=popular_topics

Thank you, so pretty much if I'm using an adblocker & never click links that I'm not 100% sure are safe then I'll be fine?

 

BELIEVE NONE OF WHAT YOU HEAR OR READ AND ONLY HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:41 AM

Yeah, just be careful and you should be fine. 



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Posted 01 October 2017 - 04:50 PM

Yeah, just be careful and you should be fine. 

Thanks, means I can still keep considering it as an option. B)


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Posted 01 October 2017 - 05:55 PM

I do not think social media is dangerous. However, it could be for young children or teens who do not know how to be safe on the Internet. If you put all your personal information out there in the public domain, there is no telling who can access it. That is the only thing I caution people about.



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Posted 01 October 2017 - 09:07 PM

Back when dial up internet first went 56K, I made my children sign a paper that stated the rules they must abide by on the internet.  It has kept them safe since, 20 years or so.   They know what not to reveal about themselves and anyone they know and that includes enemies.  We were among the first with cable internet with TCI, now defunct but still using the biggest, Comcast.  A little flaky sometimes but they like to mess with non-company gear and I own my own modem and router.  A daily reset nips that. 



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 04:02 PM

I do not think social media is dangerous. However, it could be for young children or teens who do not know how to be safe on the Internet. If you put all your personal information out there in the public domain, there is no telling who can access it. That is the only thing I caution people about.

This is why parents should either limit or not allow there children/teens on social media, there's a lot of creeps out there.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:32 PM

Social Media isn't danger, it's the user that is considered a danger to his/her-self. You must learn to make yourself less vulnerable.


Have you tried turning it off and back on? :P





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