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Social media privacy settings

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Overview

Cyber criminals use social media to gather our personal data so they can then commit identity theft and fraud against us. We must tighten the privacy and security settings to ensure that only our connections have access to our profiles.

Time required: 15 - 60mins

Difficulty: Easy

Software/hardware costs: £0

Things to do

  • 1. Review privacy settings for all social media sites you (and your kids) have.

  • 2. Disable smartphone geotagging on photos.

  • 3. Review historic posts (photos, videos and comments) for sensitive info.

  • 4. Following some simple rules to stay safe.

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Review privacy settings for all social media sites you (and your kids) have.

a. Go to your privacy settings ensure these are tight enough. Ensure you perform the following;

  • Ensure your profile isn’t listed on search engine results like Google.
  • Turn off the ability for anyone to follow you, only “friends of friends” should contact you.
  • Turn on unrecognised login notifications.
  • Turn on the ability to review friends’ content about you before posts become public.

 


 

TWO. Disable smartphone geotagging on photos.

a. Most smartphones attach the GPS co- ordinates to our photos allowing people to find out where we live, work, play, etc.

  • iOS: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Select ‘Never’ Next to Camera
  • Android: Settings > Geotags > Disable

 


 

THREE. Review historic posts (photos, videos and comments) for sensitive info.

a. Use the built-in review tools on sites like Facebook to remove any compromising or sensitive information you’ve posted in the past.

E.g. Facebook > Privacy Settings and Tools > Review all your posts and photos/ videos you’re tagged in.

 

b. Request removal/delete anything that might be inappropriate or sensitive, for example;

Dates of birth, financial information, mobile/landline telephone numbers, home town, relationship status, school/work locations, graduation dates, pet names and other interests and hobbies, or sensitive ‘personal’ media.

 


 

FOUR. Do the following to stay safe.

a. Do not over-share. Never post (even in private messages) any of the aforementioned information online.

 

b. Only accept friend requests on social media sites from people you know in real life.

 

c. When creating new profiles on social media;

  • Don’t create usernames that include your full name, date of birth or any information that is part of your password.
  • When completing the registration forms – be conservative with the truth! Just because there is a space asking for your DOB doesn’t mean, necessarily, you have to complete it! Only fill in mandatory fields marked by an asterisk.
  • Don’t use truthful answers to your password recovery security questions!

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