We all have our privacy settings set to reflect how much we share on social media. After all, most of us would never post the phone number or address of our home or office building. But there are many things you may not think about when it comes to online security and privacy. For example, what about the data collected by your GPS app? We should regularly maintain our online presence and periodically check the security. Privacy settings of our various web services and social media accounts are regularly changing and (almost constantly) not the way we would like it changed.
As more and more of our lives are spent online, it’s essential to monitor our privacy settings on an ongoing basis. In the past few months alone, Facebook has made several changes to its privacy settings, rolling out to all users.
What can we do?
We should regularly maintain our online presence. Periodically check the security and privacy settings of your various web services and social media accounts, as most of them are regularly updated and enhanced. On social networking sites, make sure that only your friends can see your posts if you have the option, and you can also create individual lists (for example, of your wider circle of friends or your blonder, closer friends).
Be your moderator: only post and share content and comment on other people’s posts in a way that does not embarrass us, even if it is taken out of the original post.
Think about it: while we decide what we share about ourselves, we have no control over what others do with that information. If you’ve neglected your Internet privacy settings, it’s time to turn off the autopilot and take action.