Vijay Mukhi, a cyber expert, says the less information you put on a networking site the better.
How much information about oneself should a person be putting up on networking sites?
The less information you put up on a networking site the better. What people, especially youngsters, do not realise is that apart from the obvious danger of being targeted by criminals, a lot of employers check a person's profile on networking sites before hiring them. Something that you may put up on a networking site in jest could work against you.
To protect one's identity, what steps should an internet user take?
There are several security settings available on most networking sites that are ignored by users. One should keep the security settings high so that only people you know have access to information.
Is it true that in many instances such cases go unreported?
Less than 5% of crimes originating from social networking sites are reported. In many cases, people are hesitant to take the effort to go to the police and complain. Also, as the majority of these networking sites have headquarters abroad, the most policemen can do is shut down the page.
What precautions should be taken when posting pictures and content?
When posting data online, you should follow one rule - less is better. It is not just your friends who view your profile. Do not upload pictures that display wealth - say of a fancy car. Also, do not give your phone number that will help people trace you.