Privacy settings can be updated at any time on your social media platforms. Remember to always keep up to date with the latest releases from the social media, especially when it comes to what’s new in terms of your privacy and security settings. Here are some general tips that can be applied across all social media platforms, to make sure your privacy is maintained:

  • Turn on your security features. Your conversations on any social network service may not be as private as you would like to think. Most social media networks have security settings so it is important that you familiarise yourself with them and turn them on.

  • Set your profile to private. Modify your profile so that only you and your friends can see it. Setting your profile to private will ensure that random people do not have access to your personal information, or things that you might only want your friends to view.

  • To prevent people from posting personal information about you on your social media account, set up your social media accounts so that you approve or reject posts that you’ve been tagged in before they go on your profile. For example, Facebook has the Timeline review feature that allows you to control what goes on your profile. Note: This only controls what’s allowed on your timeline.

    Be careful when using free public WiFi. When connecting to the internet using public WiFi you have to be extra careful. People can easily access your social network conversations across such networks, so be sure you turn off sharing and tweak your settings so that the device you are using prompts you to manually connect to a Wi-fi network and does not do so automatically.

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