Thursday, October 25, 2018

"Like" social media? Take care with what you share.

Social media can be a lot of fun. That's one of the big reasons so many people spend so much time "socializing" online every day. It's undeniably entertaining, but it's important to protect your privacy. So, we'd like to offer 6 smart tips to help keep your online interactions safe, productive and positive.

6 Social Media Safety Tips

1. Stay on top of your privacy settings:

It's a good idea to stay up-to-date with new privacy policies and terms of service. For example, Facebook responded to its recent privacy issues by making some adjustments to its privacy setting page. Visit for more information.

2. Choose "friends" you know:

It's not about how many social media friends you have. It's about knowing who you're sharing with. You probably don't want to add someone as a friend just because they wanted to add you. If one of your "friends" is not as careful with their privacy settings, things you post may be available to a far wider audience than you intended. Sometimes it's better to "decline" if you don't know someone well.

3. Click with caution:

It is entertaining to cruise around social media sites, read your friend's posts in your newsfeed and update your timeline without worrying about being infected with a virus. But many posts include links to other pages – to read an article, view a video, get a coupon, and more. Just because someone posts a link or video to their "wall" doesn't mean it's safe. Your friends can unknowingly pass on unsafe links in emails, Facebook posts, and instant messages. One good rule of thumb is to be cautious about links that make promises. For example, the "Win a free tablet" or "Get a free gift card!" posts are almost always a scam. Either they're an attempt to lure you to provide personal information or they will direct you to a web page that's infected with malware.

4. Don't always post exactly where you are:

It may be fun to let your social media friends know that you're in The Bahamas with your significant other – but letting everyone know where you are, at all times, could make you and your home vulnerable. Wait until you return home to post about your fabulous vacation. Consider, too, removing any location information from your pictures of children. You don't want to make it easy for someone to use that information to locate a child, then try to obtain their trust.

5. Stay safe when playing online games and taking quizzes:

They may be fun and entertaining, but they're not always safe. And you may be providing your information to people who can sell it to marketing sites and others who may try to defraud you.

Good rule of thumb. Avoid applications that seem suspicious – and modify your settings to limit the amount of information the applications can access.

6. Always log out when you're not active:

It may be easier to have your social media sites set to auto log-in, but if someone gets access to your device, they can access your accounts, as you. It's always a good practice to log out.

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OneWest Bank Security Measures

We take the protection of customer information very seriously. That's why our security team partners with the world's largest global provider of financial technology solutions to regularly monitor the online environment and stay one step ahead of threats. Our substantial internal and external audit functions ensure alignment with laws, policies, rules, regulations and best practices. Please visit our Privacy and Security page to learn more about our policies.