10 tips to protect your privacy on social networks
Each day, we use social networks to keep in touch with our friends and family, share our life moments, look for a job, or get information. However, there are certain risks associated with using them. That’s why it’s wise to check your privacy settings, possibly disable location services, and think twice before you post something. Here are some simple rules to stop you from heading down the wrong track on social networks.
Know all the facts before you sign up
Select your contacts
Each social network allows you to choose who you share information with: share it only with people you see in real life, friends, colleagues, family members, etc.
Put up barriers
When you set the level of your profile’s privacy level, try to limit the availability of information, particularly the availability of data for search engines.
Think before you post
When you’re about to share content, ask yourself: “Will I want this photo or tweet to resurface in 5 years?” If the answer is no, don’t post it. Information posted on social networks can reappear years later. The same precautions must be taken for contents relating to other people.
Look out for any legal implications
Whenever you do anything on social networks, keep in mind the potential legal consequences of what you post. Remember that the website you’re visiting may be subject to foreign laws. Check carefully before continuing.
Find a job through social networks
The search for employment, just like the search for new talent, has moved to digital. It’s not rare for recruitment professionals to check the profile of candidates: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, etc. Therefore, make sure that your information on the Web is consistent with what appears on your CV.
Be careful with location services
Many social networks automatically enable the location services feature: don’t forget to turn it off so that you’re not constantly exposed to the public. No matter where you are or who you’re with!
Report any abuse
You may feel pressured or threatened by other users of social networks. If so, immediately report the threat to the website’s managers. Be aware that the identity of the person who reports abuse is never revealed.
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Remember to update your antivirus software on your computer and smartphone. When you access social networks, always use passwords with a high security level.
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