Privacy settingsCheck them regularly to protect your accounts
Protect your various accounts by choosing the strongest privacy settings 🔏. And check the privacy settings from time to time. During updates, they automatically revert to a default configuration, which often allows very wide access to your posts. It’s up to you to decide who can see your posts and who you’ll let access your personal information (date of birth, hometown, etc.) 🔑. Who do you allow to see what? 👀
PasswordsChange them and don’t share them
Never use your name, date of birth, or a sequence of numbers or letters as your password. Keep your password just for you, unless your parents ask for it, and never give it out online. If you give someone your password, you could find yourself in an awkward situation. What might your brother or sister do to tease you? What might a friend you’re having a fight with post? And what might your ex who’s mad at you write?
Disconnection and security codesWhen you use a computer or cell phone
It’s crucial to disconnect from your accounts after the session, especially if you’re using someone else’s computer or device or a shared device. And put a security code on your cell phone. Keep it secret and make sure your friends or other people nearby can’t see it when you type it in. It’s the bare minimum to protect your access and your personal information!
GeolocationOnly when you need it
The whole world doesn’t need to know where you are right now! As a rule, don’t disclose your location to just anyone. The geolocation service is linked to your apps, so you can choose to use it only when you need to (for example, to find your way). Only tell people you know and trust where you are.
Personal informationGive it out as infrequently as possible
Never give out ✋ your contact information (address, phone number) in a public message or in the personal information in your profile. When you sign up, you can decide whether to use your real name or remain anonymous by using a pseudonym. Nothing forces you to provide all your information! Only write what’s absolutely mandatory and be sure to check the privacy settings so you don’t make that information available to everybody.
Friend requestsAccept only people you already know
If you get a friend request from someone you don’t know, ignore it. Even if it’s a friend of a friend, it’s still a stranger. You’re not obligated to accept their request just because they’re connected with one of your contacts! By limiting the number of contacts you have, you’re keeping better control over the people who see what you post. Having a long list of friends on social media doesn’t necessarily mean you’re popular!