We lock or doors when we leave our homes, we lock our cars when we get where we’re going, and we set our phones to “go to sleep” after a few minutes of non-use.
Despite these everyday protections, many of us only do the bare minimum when it comes to protecting our privacy online.
All friends are not created equal and what you share on social media is not always secure. It’s important to take full advantage of the privacy settings your social media services have to offer.
Here are a few safety hacks to help you get started:
Give yourself a Facebook checkup:
Facebook’s (new-ish) “checkup” feature is a short three-step process that lets you review your settings and change them.
You may think you know what your settings are, but it doesn’t hurt to go over them one more time, especially considering those disconcerting photo search findings.
See how your Facebook looks to others:
Go to your profile page. Click the three dots (…) next to the “view activity log”
Click “View As…” in the dropdown menu.
You’ll see what your profile looks to the public. To see how your profile appears to a specific person. click “View as Specific Person” then just type their name and press enter.
Stop Uber from tracking your every move:
You can turn off Uber’s new “tracking feature” by switching off location services for the app under their settings menu, and then toggle it back on when they want to request a ride.
Hide tagged Instagram photos you don’t want public:
Click the three dots in the top right of your screen. Choose “Edit Tags.” Then, select the posts you’d like to remove from your profile. When you’re done, click “Hide From Profile” at the bottom of your screen.
Adjust your settings to approve tagged photos before they show up in your profile.
The privacy options are often unique to each phone and application, but a few minutes spent on learning the features of each applications could help save you (maybe even from yourself) later in life.
Take a few minutes right now to review your settings and take control of your social media experience in a positive way.
Spencer Coursen is a nationally recognized threat management expert who has an exceptional record of success in the assessment, management, and resolution of threats, domestic and global security operations, investigations, policy authorship, and protective strategy.