The Social media privacy has come into scrutiny countless times, personal information has been compromised so many times, identities have been stolen, pictures have been copied and sensitive data have been hacked. How safe is the social media? How can one stay safe while using it?
These are the questions that go through my mind every time I am on the social networks; I always ask myself how can I stay safe while using social media? How can I ensure maximum privacy for my account? Social media networks are designed to make it easy for people connect and socialize and often come with its default privacy settings wide open. Many people go on using the networks with such default settings without adjusting them to suit their personal needs.
To ensure maximum privacy in the social networks one has to customize the privacy settings, note they may vary in the different social networks. But often times they are placed in places where you can find them easily. When you find it, the most important settings are the ones that protect your profile as thus;
Who can see the content you shared;
Who can contact you;
Who can find you;
Who can see the pictures you shared;
Which applications can access your information/data;
Who can tag you on pictures or posts
Who can post on your timeline etc
Social Media Privacy
To ensure maximum social media privacy one should be cautious of the information shared because like I always say, you are responsible for your own privacy, carefully choose your privacy settings. Contents you share in the form of photos can be copied and shared in other places you can’t control.
Be mindful of the comments and updates/tweets you make on the social media as it is now part of job hiring tricks by employers. You do not want to lose your dream job because you made a negative comment about your employer.
The social media privacy allows you to choose what to show to the general public and what to show to only your trusted friends. Simply review your social media accounts today and see what information is public and adjust your privacy settings to suit you properly.
Same goes with applications you have granted access to your profile, review such apps now and disable the ones you don’t find useful anymore as apps have been known to steal and give away your information to third-parties. Only allow trusted apps to access your profile.
Have in mind that one cannot be safe enough on social media networks but a well protected account will be hard to steal from. So always ensure a maximum social media privacy to keep yourself and your friends safe. Be mindful of what you share on these networks so as not to give away to much information. Only accept people you know as friends and allow only apps you trust to access your account. Note that images shared on social networks are public no matter how you look at them, so do not share sensitive photos or any photo that can bring you problems if in a wrong hand.
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Remember to always log out your account especially when you access your social media accounts from a public computer, and don’t fill out any information you do not want to go public.
I hope this article provokes your conscience to go back and review your social media privacy settings to ensure maximum protection. Use the comment form below to share your views or drop your contribution. Remember to subscribe to my RSS feed.