They say what goes around comes around, and it’s never been more accurate in the case of social media. Sites like Facebook and Twitter, used by millions of people worldwide, record every status update, every tweet, and every post you’ve ever liked. Even if you delete a comment, it will forever remain in the outer edges of the web. Scary to think that with the right know-how, potentially anyone can see your deleted posts.
How to Stay Private On Social Media
While today’s world wide web is an utter minefield filled with privacy risks, there are a few simple ways to help keep your private life out of the limelight.
Using Two-Factor Authentication
The first step to securing your social networks starts at the foundation: your passwords. Believe it or not, more than 55 percent of people use the same password for every site. So, before you keep reading, make a note to start varying up your passwords. After all, your passwords are like a set of dominoes: if one password becomes compromised the rest can easily follow.
In addition to strengthening (and varying) your passwords, look into added two-factor authentication on all your social media networks. It’s an extra step you’ll need to take to log in, and while it only takes a few seconds to set up, it’s the most effective way to protect your accounts.
For Facebook, use this guide to help set up two-factor authentication
For Twitter, use this guide to help set up two-factor authentication
Added More Security to Your Facebook Network
It’s important to take the time to look at privacy settings of your social media account and pay attention to how your information is shared. Facebook in particular has made it really easy to see and edit your privacy settings. If you’re worried about someone seeing your posts or being able to look at the comments you’ve made, make sure you switch your profile to private.
You can even dictate who can look you up, who can see your profile and who can see your posts. Whether you’re worried about someone seeing your private pics– whether it’s a co-worker, ex, or former friend– it’s likely in your best interest to set your information private.
Keeping Your Instagram Posts Private
Instagram may be the world’s most popular photo-sharing app, but its privacy settings are less than stellar. Luckily, you can secure your account and post with privacy in three simple steps.
Here’s a quick video to help get you started. (Shout out to ExpressVPN for the useful tips.)
Keep your personal information private by taking the time to secure your accounts today. By adding two-factor authentication and increasing your privacy settings, you’ll make it easier to post without having to worry about someone sketchy seeing your status updates. A little preparation can really go a long way.