As a Network Creator, it’s extremely important that you protect your Ning account, and ask any Administrators you’ve appointed to do the same. This is not only crucial for the integrity of your social network and protection of your personal information, but that of your members as well. Because you have access to all of your members’ information through your Network Creator account, their information would be compromised as a result of your account being compromised. To protect your account:
To protect your social network generally, only promote those who are trustworthy and responsible to Network Administrator status. Admins have very similar privileges to the Network Creator and it’s important that those with this power are people you know well. If your account or social network has been compromised, please contact us ASAP with as much information as possible, including details about exactly what happened and when.
Never underestimate the importance of a strong password. A strong password should be:
Additionally, in order to keep your password secure:
To gain unauthorized access to your social network and members’ accounts, phishers may create a webpage that looks like a version of another page, such as your social network’s sign in page. When someone enters their email address and password on a phishing page, this information is sent to the phisher, who can then access their account(s) and/or sell this information to others.
Being aware of and educating your members about phishing is important in order to keep your members’ accounts from being compromised and to keep your social network safe from unauthorized access or malicious activity. Make sure your members are mindful of the URL they’re accessing to sign in to your social network. For instance, if your social network is http://examplenetwork.ning.com, members should always see this in the URL when signing in:
If you have domain mapping, the sign in URL should match your domain mapped URL. You can encourage your members to bookmark your social network so they consistently access the correct URL without question.
Additionally, you and your members should never click suspicious looking links in emails or web pages as these can link to illegitimate sites made to trick someone into entering their sign in credentials. For more information and best practices for avoiding this, take a look at OnGuard Online’s Quick Facts about phishing and the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s Consumer Advice.