How to Stay Safe on Online Social Media

Today, the question of online security is a very common topic. People just log in and start typing stuff, never knowing that they might end up giving information away or building a terrible reputation for themselves. What you type online, stays online, for the most part, and that can be detrimental to your reputation, once you start getting a job. If you are working in a media environment and some private data gets “leaked” you might as well quit your job for the sake of decency, which happened to many people.

In order to avoid making mistakes like that, here are some tips on how to stay safe online.

Privacy Settings

After the EU GDPR was implemented, many sites had to change their privacy settings and ways of notifying you of how they store, process and regulate your data, and why they do it.

You can use this to your advantage, as well as occasionally going through the privacy settings of each site you have an account on, to verify and build an environment which is safe for you. For example, on Facebook, you can set your profile to be so private that people would be able to see only your profile photo, and not even have the option of adding you, let alone seeing anything else on your profile.

You can also block people from ever seeing you if it needs to come to that step. That is available on almost any social network or another site which has human interaction as a primary goal.

Remember that you can also report people who are harassing you.

Friend Management

Having the option to have more than a thousand friends on social networks is a dangerous and attractive opportunity. The more popular your brand gets the more people you will attract. You will most likely not be able to remember more than one or two hundred of them, at best, let alone thousands of people. Manage your friends, delete those who you do not communicate with and you lower the risk of a security breach.

Online Security

Almost every site nowadays offers two-step authentication. That means once you enter your password, they will send a message to your mobile phone. Once you receive the message, you can enter a code and access your account. This is great, especially if you plan on accessing your account from public places, using public Wi-Fi or even a different device. This way you can keep your accounts secure even if someone gets access to your password.

Your Privacy is Your Own Worry

The internet does not need to know your private information or other things that are going on behind the scenes. Never share your private information, regardless of who you are talking to. The best way of keeping the said information private is by not sharing it online. Call your friends or talk to them in person, but avoid sharing private stuff online.

Use these tips to stay safe online, on social networks and in general. Pay attention to the settings and make sure to use two-step authentication when possible.