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

While it’s very easy to create an account on social networks, it’s important to read the “Privacy statement” or “Privacy policy” pages of the websites carefully before signing up. You’ll find out whether you’ll be able to delete your profile completely.

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.

Protecting children, even online

Remember to update your antivirus software on your computer and smartphone. When you access social networks, always use passwords with a high security level.

Happy browsing!

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