The importance of social housecleaning…


It seems like it’s always a good week for hackers. Six million accounts were affected by the breach in security of LinkedIn and 1.5 million eHarmony accounts. According to the 2011 Norton Cybercrime Report more than two thirds of online adults have been a victim of cybercrime in their lifetime. Every second, 14 adults become a victim of cybercrime which amounts to more than one million cybercrime victims every day. Moms love a clean house because it makes them feel like they are on top of and in control of their busy lives. I’ve been on a rampage at my house. So we clean our houses, our offices, our closets, shouldn’t we do periodic social housecleaning?

Housecleaning means changing passwords every month to be safe. And using combinations with numbers and characters, not just letters.

And when was the last time you checked your security settings?

And have you looked at the applications you’ve allowed access to your account? I was surprised the last time I checked mine at how many apps I’d allowed access.

Do you use the same password for multiple accounts? Please say no. And if you do, go change that immediately.

And email? Is your in-box full of newsletters and emails from companies that you at one time thought you might want info from? Well, it’s time to hit the unsubscribe link and clean up your mail. It’s so nice to wake up in the morning to an emptier in-box.

And when was the last time you updated your bio, links within bios and avatars?

Have you cleaned out the spam from your blog?

And if you’re like me, it’s time to do a little Twitter sweeping out of the unfollowers, following of the relevant followers, and updating of the MOMentum list.

A mom’s work is just never done.

5 Responses to “The importance of social housecleaning…”

  1. Oops. Thanks Holly. It’s definitely time for a major cleaning around here.

    Pam @writewrds
  2. I do a lot of house cleaning when it comes to my FB page. I’m getting better at changing my passwords on a regular basis and marking spam and unsubscribing to junk newsletters. It really makes a difference.

    • I need to do some more myself. It’s amazing how the newsletters just keep creeping up.

      Holly Pavlika

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