Violence against women is a continuous problem in society. To bring the full length of the misery to light, the United Nations has observed November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The United Nation has issued the ‘Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ in 1993, which has defined violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
The problem is not only limited to physical harm but also extends to harassment that causes psychological damages. The harassment is further extended into social media platforms that are useful means to connect users in a safe space. Facebook has already created infographics to aid raise awareness around the safety of women, including important tips to avoid getting into troublesome situations online.
Here are few steps women should follow to stay safe on the social media giant.
1. Select Your Audience
The social media users have the choice to select what data and posts are available to friends or public. It is also possible to create a custom audience by only permitting certain friends to see your information or posts.
2. Limit The List Of People Can Search You
With the use of email addresses and mobile phone numbers, it is easier to look up for people, even on a search engine on Facebook. It is also easier to limit how other users can find your profile with the help of options featured in the “Privacy Setting”.
3. Turn Off “Tag Suggestions”
Facebook users also have the option to select approve tags before it appears on their timelines or limit the other users of posts they are tagged in. Users would not be easily able to find you if “Tag Suggestions” is turned off.
4. Allow Two-Factor Authentication
Login information when authorized, pop-up when a login attempt is taken from a new device. A few extra security can be included by enabling the option that asks for a security pin whenever your account is accessed from a new device. You can also select to permit which devices to access your social media account.
5. Avoid Accepting Friend Requests Of Strangers
If one of your friends adds you on Facebook from another account, check with them individually, if a new account is there or not as it has high chances of being a fake account. Hence, it will be a wise decision not to accept friend requests of strangers.