How to Manage Your Social Media Privacy Settings

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat have all become digital billboards for users. People enjoy sharing their personal opinions and news about their lives.

But pause and think twice for a second. This data, some of it personal, is being posted online. Who else sees your posts besides your close friends and family? Spambots, vengeful friends, and even cybercriminals may be interested. The issue of social media privacy has recently gained wider public attention.

Individuals can create and share information using social media technologies such as public websites, private websites, and mobile apps.

With billions of new smart devices being created every day, security is a major concern for IoT engineers. Hackers have long been recognized as a serious threat to businesses and individuals, but the Internet of Things adds a new layer of complexity. 

Hacking a secure network and stealing millions of credit card numbers is bad, but hacking a smart city or a neighbourhood of smart homes could be far worse. You can see why IoT security is critical and thanks to IPSec. IPv6 offers better security than IPv4. Several social media sites are accessible via IPv6 (IPv6).

Keeping this in mind, we’ve provided some advice on how to protect your privacy while enjoying social networking.


Read the social media Site’s terms and conditions

Information is a valuable currency in the twenty-first century. Your privacy rights on social networking sites are no different than your bank account information. When creating a social media account, pay close attention to the information you agree to share. A user can delete photos and videos from Facebook, but they may remain on Facebook’s servers, according to Facebook. Some content can only be deleted if the user deletes their account.

Before you click “Accept” read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Some of the terms may be in the best interest of the platform, but not your privacy. Some conditions may be unbearable. For example, some free sites collect and sell user data to third parties for marketing purposes. Make sure your permissions are appropriate.


Don’t share private information like your full name and address

Your children or grandchildren’s full names should not be posted as well. Sharing people’s full names may seem harmless, but a stalker or cybercriminal may use that information to their advantage. 

For example, cybercriminals can guess your email address from your first and last name, or buy it from the dark web. Using this data, they could send you a phishing email that could infect your devices with malware and collect data.

Remind your teens to follow suit, as they are more likely to divulge personal information. Your kids may not think twice about entering an online contest with their name and address.


Be cautious when sharing photos on Social media sites.

Posting photos is risky. Even if you don’t explicitly name a child, you may be revealing too much in a seemingly innocent photo.

Consider this: You want to post a photo of your grandson in his new sports uniform. What’s wrong with this? A stranger could easily identify your grandchild if the photo has the school’s name on uniforms or in the background. If you know how to blur or crop such revealing details. Not the best photo to share, then.

What about your new expensive flat-screen TV, or your holiday gift-filled family room? Your home may become a target for thieves if they know where they are. Always share photos privately with a few trusted friends.


Adjust the privacy settings on social media-

Each social media platform handles privacy settings differently. Always consider who can see, react, or comment on your post or photo.

Review your privacy settings for each platform and decide whether you want your social media posts and photos visible to everyone, only friends, or friends of friends. You can create a list for each post. Tagging friends is fun, but it invades privacy. You also don’t want to be tagged inappropriately. 

Always review a post before it is published when someone tags you. Remember that even if you don’t approve of the post, it may still be visible publicly on their page.


Recognize the types of personal data social media stores and shares.

On social media sites, most users willingly provide their name, gender, date of birth, and email. Some social media sites go further. They then collect your IP address and what you’ve liked, shared, or commented on. You can sometimes use your Facebook credentials to log into third-party apps. While convenient, you may unwittingly give other apps access to more personal data than necessary.

Always read the fine print to ensure you are not oversharing information. The “Apps and Websites” option under “Settings” can be found on any social media platform. Examine which websites are using your data.

Be careful with your profile information.

On some social media and networking sites, you’ll be asked for more info. Your hometown, schools attended, current and former jobs, political affiliations, and general interests are common. This data can be tracked and stored.

This data may be used to serve you ads and news items. Many sites’ terms of service include access to your friend’s list, personal preferences, and more.

Follow privacy news stories

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, people realized how vulnerable their online privacy is. It takes extra effort to navigate any social media site’s privacy settings to limit a company’s access to your personal data. Not only do advertisers and data brokers want your data; identity thieves and cybercriminals may want to sell it on the dark web.

Avoid regrets on social media

Your boss or the recruiter at the company you just applied to may look at your social media profiles. If you’re posting things that your employer wouldn’t appreciate, like how much you despise your boss, you should stop. Once out there, information is like water: it finds its way to freedom. Don’t let today’s words haunt you tomorrow.

Social media and networking sites can help you keep in touch with old friends, make new ones, and land that dream job. Just keep your privacy shades drawn.

Take back your online privacy with VPNs

There are other ways to protect your online privacy. Using a VPN protects your IP address and browsing history. Stronger passwords and cyber hygiene also help.

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