The presence of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have made getting and disseminating information much easier, but on the World Wide Web, you must always be prepared for security and privacy issues, especially when it comes to social networking accounts. Remember the case of a UAE-based Filipina who got slammed for posting a disparaging comment about Ondoy victims on Facebook? It was later confirmed that an identity thief had been posing as her. By then, though, the damage had been done, and she and her family had received threats on account of these posts.

To prevent such situations, follow these five tips for securing your social networking accounts.

For more tips on online safety, check out these FN articles:

(Originally published as "Learning from Shaina's Twitter Trouble: How to Secure Your Social Networking Accounts" on
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