Social media health check

Has anyone ever actually read the privacy statement when setting up a social account? Nah.


We’re all guilty of clicking accept and moving on, but there are a few settings you should always update.


Privacy settings do far more than just keep your boss from seeing your party photos, they help prevent strangers from knowing details about your life, and give you greater control of your online presence.


Changing settings can be tedious but do it once a year and you’re set for the rest of your online life.


Our top privacy tips are:

Enable two-factor authentication (link). Most of us have our accounts permanently logged in on our devices. Two-factor authentication will alert you if someone is trying to log in from a new device or in a region you haven’t logged into before.


Only let “friends” or “friends of friends” see your posts.
Most social media accounts automatically make all your content and profile details available to everyone, protect your information by limiting who can access your page in full.


Opt-out of personalised advertising
. This one is a bit left of field but hang with us. Online companies, such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter, use personalised ads to help brands grow their audience. At first glance, this doesn’t sound like an issue, but to personalise the ads you’re seeing, companies track your online movement, watching what you’re searching for, what you’ve bought online, what sites you interact with. See the problem? Turning off personal ads on your socials limits the way companies track and use your data, and that is always a good thing. 


Don’t overshare. Identity theft is becoming easier and easier due to the rise in social media. Many accounts ask you personal questions, like where you were born, where you live, where you work, and what schools you went to. Be selective about how much of this information you share, and always remember that once something is online, it is almost impossible to remove.

 

An easy way to protect your online privacy is to give your accounts a health check using the Kaspersky Privacy Checker. It’s easy to follow instructions will help guide you through updating your privacy settings for range of social media platforms.

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