5 Safety Tips to Strengthen Your Privacy on Social Media
As the world adjusts to the new normal in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, one emerging trend in people’s daily lives is increased use of the internet. Not only are people relying on the internet to transact heavily and do more work, but daily usage of social media has seen a steady up-tick. Axios Writer Sara Fischer suggests that “prior to the pandemic, social media usage for most of January, February and early March remained relatively flat at around 20% of total mobile app usage… but beginning in mid-March… social media app usage began to increase significantly, and now consumes around 25% of all mobile app usage for U.S. adults.” As more people depend on social media to stay connected, it’s important to take extra precautions in relation to privacy and cybersecurity. Here are a few tips on how to protect your information on social media:
1. Don’t Be an Open Book:
Even though social media is intended to help people connect and share, sharing too much information can turn you into a target. Keep your pages, descriptions and posts vague. A stranger shouldn’t be able to figure out everything about you just by glancing at your profiles.
2. Customize Your Privacy Settings:
Regardless of which platform you’re using, never allow yourself to post or browse using the default privacy settings. Take the time to explore your settings and make sure that your activity is as discreet as you want it to be.
3. Tag Sparingly:
Tagging your posts is a fun way to be interactive with followers, but it also creates a real-time map of your whereabouts and activities. Malicious people can easily take advantage of your behavior if they have a way to monitor you through tagging features.
4. Trim the Fat:
If you haven’t logged into a social media platform in a while, evaluate whether you have anything to lose from deleting it altogether. Allowing unmonitored pockets of information about yourself to exist on the internet can set you up for unexpected problems.
5. Use Two-Factor Authentication:
Two-factor authentication is a security feature which protects accounts from intruders. It makes it difficult for hackers to gain access to an account by instantaneously verifying who the person logging in is. If any of your profiles allow for two-factor authentication, activate and use it.
There was once a time when being on social media was a casual experience. It was a simple way to pass time and keep in touch with people in a convenient way. Times have changed however. And it’s safe to say that linking up with your friends online isn’t so casual anymore. Guard your privacy and be smart about what you share on the internet. The less discreet you are online, the more vulnerable you become to problems. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative courses, workshops and events listed on our websites and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Academy can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success. Exclusive offers are also available on our new site nowrise.com