Managing your Privacy Online…
I am choosing Instagram as a social media network to help you understand how to stay ‘private’ online. The quotes are because of most of what you do on the Internet is never truly private — especially on social media. So, it is good to know what you are signing up for and to be cautious of what you post.
Rules on how to keep a low profile on Instagram:
- Switch to a private account, when you sign up for Instagram, you automatically have a public profile. You can change this by going to your settings and clicking ‘Private Account.’ So, now only your friends can see what you post, and those who want to follow you have to request your permission.
- If choose not to have a private profile then you should be more careful of what you post, and make sure you do not geotag your photos to locations you would not want strangers to know (i.e, your home, work, friends houses, etc).
- Check to see if you are linked to your other social media accounts. This means when you post on Instagram, it also posts to your other accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. You can unlink your accounts by going to your settings and pressing ‘Linked Accounts’ then click the social media you want to unlink, then ‘Unlink Account.’
- Check your Authorized Applications to see what apps are accessing your account. This means third party companies have access to your information and requested access to do things with your account (when you signed up and clicked agree to the terms and conditions). If you ever noticed weird things happening to your account, these third parties can follow people, like photos, make comments on your behalf. You can revoke their access only by computer, go to settings, ‘Authorized Apps’ and click the ‘Revoke Access’ button (you may have to do this a few times to revoke all the access).
- Lastly, I will leave you with a simple rule of social media conduct: if you are posting something you would not want your mom to see, you probably should not be posting it in the first place.