Review your privacy settings
Separate your private and professional lives
Although many individuals on social networking sites have the best intentions, you need to be careful about what you choose to share with others, and protect the information you wish to keep private.
Ensure no one is looking into your private life
Social Check Recommends:
1. Be aware of who you accept as a friend
Don’t accept every individual that sends you a friend request, ensure that you know them personally or professionally.
2. Change your passwords and use double authentication
Don’t use the same password across all your social media platforms; if one is compromised, all of the other accounts will also be at risk.
LinkedIn and Facebook now support double authentication which uses your mobile phone to authenticate who you are. This validation may occur when you change a setting or log-on from a new device or computer. A text message is sent to your mobile phone in conjunction with your account password to identify you.
3. Don't reveal too much
Be aware of how much personal information you publish. Publish too much and you may expose yourself to the risk of identity theft.
4. Remember, if you have a large group of connections/friends online it’s not exactly private
You may have your settings set to “only friends or connections can see my posts” however if you have a large number of friends it’s not exactly private. If it’s not “on brand” don’t post it.
5. Think before you post - remember the internet has a long memory
Stop and think before posting messages or images online, and review whether the information you are sharing is appropriate for your colleagues, your employer, your customers, friends, and family to view.
6. Use Facebook content control settings
Use your privacy settings to safeguard your personal information. See, 'Set your Facebook account to private' for further information.
7. View your social media profiles and content as if you were someone else
Turn on the “private browsing” function in your browser. Here are instructions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Go to each of the social sites you have a profile on, log out (if you are logged in) search for your name and see what comes up in your public profile for the world to see.
Delete/remove anything that is not aligned with your values and review and modify your privacy settings.
If you would like to learn more, Social Check recommends visiting:
Facebook - Basic Privacy Settings & Tools
Twitter - Protecting Your Personal Information
LinkedIn - Your Privacy
Google+ - Privacy Settings
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