5 steps to protect your personal information on social media

Protecting your personal information on social media seems straight forward, just don’t share as much? …right?

 

We are coming into a new age where internet users are sharing more content than ever before. Content being created for a range of audiences. Companies are creating content to be seen by other businesses. Individuals are creating content to promote their personal brand. Brands are creating content to persuade consumers into purchase. The list is endless.

 

Think of your own social media pages, who do you share or create that content for?

A lot of people use social media for completely different reasons. Some use it to keep touch with relatives, some use it to look for job opportunities…

 

 

To prove this point, Clutch revealed this week that 15% of job seekers now land a job through social media.

 

 

Even more incredibly, nearly everyone (86%) uses social media at least once per day, and 72% use it multiple times per day (source: themanifest.com)

Therefore, surely everyone knows how to keep themselves safe when sharing content and information? Sadly, no.

So we thought we would give some quick tips on how to check your account, and see what information you are sharing. As Facebook is the most popular social media site, we will be using it as the designated example.

 

Step 1: Contact information

Firstly you have to ask yourself, what information do you want to be shared?

If you’re happy to receive emails and phone calls from your network on social media, then great! Otherwise, here’s how you can quickly remove or restrict your contact information.

To remove your phone number

Click the drop down arrow to your account, then select ‘settings’

 

Then ‘Mobile’

 

Now you can choose to remove the number you would of used to sign up, or add an alternative.

How to restrict your numbers visibility

Go to ‘Privacy’

 

Under the ‘How people can find and contact you’ heading

Change ‘Everyone’ to either, ‘Friends’ or ‘Friends of friends’

 

Step 2: Find out where you are logged in

Depending on whether you have social media on your mobile or other devices, you could be logged on in more places than you think. This can be a huge security risk, especially if a device is lost or stolen.

It’s actually very easy to find out where you are logged in though, and even easier to log out of all those devices.

Go to your account, then select ‘settings’

 

Then ‘security and login’

 

Click ‘see more’

 

Click ‘Log out of all these sessions’

 

Step 3: Review posts when tagging

Another incredibly good tip is to alter your tagging privileges. Essentially this means that whatever you are tagged in, you can decide whether you want it to be associated with your profile. We’re thinking of Saturday nights in particular…

Just head to the ‘Timeline and tagging’ tab, and go to the heading labelled ‘Review’

 

Step 4: Filtering your content

Thinking with job opportunities in mind, it may be a smart idea to filter the content which is displayed on your social media page.

Unfortunately Facebook is the only network which offers this customisation. Meaning any Twitter or LinkedIn users out there, you simply have to delete your content.

Otherwise, here is how you can restrict your posts being seen by certain users.

Head to your activity log.

 

Then for each post, you can decide the privacy level of that post. Or simply unlike/delete the content.

 

Step 5: Apps, apps, apps!

Depending on how active you are on your social media, you’ve probably downloaded an app to your profile. Whether it’s a game or program, allowing an app access to your profile is incredibly easy.

But it’s just as worthwhile removing the access when you’ve stopped using it. Legally the app cannot take any information you want to share, but companies can be taken over – meaning your data could be reused.

Heres how to remove old apps or restrict current ones.

Go to your account, then select ‘settings’

 

 

Click the heading ‘Apps and websites’

 

 

Then select the add or website you want to remove, and click ‘remove’

 

 

Hopefully these quick tips can prevent you from having any personal data revealed or used by unwanted guests in the future.

If you’re looking to learn more about how to protect your IT network, or general advice about how improve your IT infrastructure – Get in contact with us on 02920 887 362 or send us an email at info@excellence-it.co.uk

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