Social media is now a integral part of our lives, but how do we still maintain a level of privacy online?
We share just about anything and everything on the internet these days, especially on our social media profiles. We want the world to know what we’re doing and where we are at just about all times.
But did you know that companies, apps and social media platforms are desperately trying to get to know you on a deeper level too? Well, they are. Everything that we share on social media is stored and shared with the internet. You’re leaving behind your digital footprint.
Now, there’s no need to be scared and delete all of your social media accounts, but it is time to become aware and learn how you can better protect yourself and your accounts.
Let’s start with the easiest and most obvious way to protect your privacy on Facebook.
Head on over to your privacy settings and adjust who can see your profile, photos and contact information. The safest option is to avoid the “public” setting altogether. If your profile is on public, this means that anyone can view your profile, pictures, status’ and information.
Once you adjust your settings accordingly, your next step to a more private profile is to examine the third-party apps that have access to your profile and information. Yes, it’s tempting to download all of those cool games that Facebook has to offer, but they’re probably collecting more information from you than you realize. There’s an option in your Settings on the “Apps” page to adjust what applications have access to your personal information.
Pictures just might actually be worth a thousand words. The best way to protect your privacy on Instagram is to simply adjust your profile from “Public” to “Private.” This keeps your photos private to only the people that you allow to follow you.
When you have a public account, anyone in the world can view your photos, which includes any location tags, tagged photos and followers. You also have the option to block specific followers that you don’t want viewing your account or even finding you on Instagram. You can block a user by searching for their username, clicking on their profile, tapping on the three vertical dots on the right side of your screen, and hitting “Block.”
With 326 million active users, Twitter is one social media platform that you should not risk your privacy on. Luckily, it is very simple to protect yourself on this app.
By putting your account on private, you can approve your followers, keep your tweets out of Google searches and make your replies and searches private. This might seem super simple, but you have to remember to change the setting yourself. When you set up a Twitter account, your profile is automatically public. Head on over to your settings and adjust your privacy ASAP if you want your tweets private.
Protect your privacy
Social media is supposed to be a fun and interactive way to share your life with your friends, family and even strangers. Nevertheless, it’s important to be aware of who has access to your information.
The simplest way to protect your profile on any social media channel is to simply have a private account. By putting your accounts on private, you’re limiting who has access to your status’, photos, tweets and any other information.
If you’re set on staying public on your profiles, then be extremely cognizant of what you’re sharing and when, knowing that when you post a photo of that brunch spread in real time and tag the restaurant, for example, you’re also telling everyone where you are.
Also, avoid sketchy third-party apps all together. You don’t want to be apart of the next FaceApp privacy scandal.
Stay safe & stay social.
Story By: Taylor Wright