Social Media Privacy Resources & Tips
Review and update your privacy settings frequently!
Limit the amount of personal information that you share online by reviewing/updating your privacy settings on websites, apps, and mobile devices at least one or two times per year.
Not sure where to begin?
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) website (https://staysafeonline.org/resources/manage-your-privacy-settings/) provides direct links to manage your privacy settings on popular devices and online services including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Instagram, web browsers, etc.
Social Media Privacy Tips
Friend or follow only those you trust
Don’t accept friend or follow requests if you aren’t sure who the person is, or if their account looks suspicious. Block or report suspicious or spam accounts.
Review Location Tracking
Your phone may be sharing your location data with apps/websites without your knowledge (even when you are not using the app).
Undershare, do not overshare
Some things should stay private. Don’t feel pressured to “complete your profile.” Information like birthday, phone, and where you live or work doesn’t need to be shared.
Review your bio/profile
Check in on the private and public bio and profile information that’s shared on each of your accounts. Remove any details that could pinpoint your location, school, or personal identity, as necessary.
Watch what you’re tagged in
Enable features that allow you to review tagged posts before they are posted and shared. Watch what you are tagged in, and don’t approve tags that share more than you are comfortable with.
Limit online quizzes and games
Quizzes and games can be fun but think about how the personal details from your social media profiles might be sold to or shared with data collection companies.
Be cautious of links on social networking sites
Even links that appear to be from friends can sometimes contain harmful software or be part of a phishing attack. If you are unsure, don’t click it. Contact your friend to verify the validity of the link first.
Be cautious about logging into 3rd party apps with your Facebook/Google login
Data may be shared that you don’t intend, or the app may not be legit. Instead - setup unique logins for every app/site and use a password manager.
Consider using different usernames across your social media profiles to make it difficult for data brokers and others to follow your trail online.
Turn on two-step verification
Turn on two-step verification or multifactor authentication (MFA) whenever it’s offered.
Periodically review active logins to your social media accounts, reporting those that look unfamiliar.