Facebook’s privacy controls tend to move around a lot, but the company offers a Privacy Checkup tool where you can go through and see what you’re sharing and with whom you’re sharing it.
Setup two-factor authentication works on Facebook.
Instagram has a robust set of privacy controls, though it doesn’t have the same handy checkup tool. The Verge has a detailed guide to the settings that are worth changing, including some less obvious options like disabling the Similar Account Suggestions toggle, which stops Instagram from suggesting your account to other users.
Locking down your privacy on Instagram can be as simple as setting your profile to “private.” But you can get a lot more granular than that, and there is a range of other protections you can put in place. You can keep your account public but make it a little more protected, or even add stricter protections than simply flipping the private profile switch gives you.
If you really want to keep your account safe, here’s what you can do.
Setting your account to private is the simplest thing you can do to lock down your profile. It means that, going forward, no one can see your photos or stories unless you approve them.
Once your account is private, new people who visit your profile will only see your name and profile image. From there, they can request to follow you, and you have to confirm their request before they can see your photos or stories.
To set your account to private:
One important caveat: anyone who already follows you at the time you change your account to private will still be following you. That means if there’s anyone you want to deny access to, you have to remove them from your followers list.
To remove someone who’s following you:
Instagram lets you limit who sees your stories (the reel of images that disappear after 24 hours) and stop people from sharing them even further.
To hide your story from specific people:
You can also prevent people from sharing your story:
Finally, you can use Instagram’s Close Friends feature to limit the reach of your stories to specific people.
When it comes to protecting the photos and videos posted to your feed, it’s much more of an all-or-nothing scenario than it is with stories.
If you don’t want to go private, you can still block individual users:
There are a few things you can do to make yourself a little bit harder to find (and give out less information about yourself in the process).
First, you can stop sending your contacts to Instagram. You might have given Instagram access to your contacts initially to help find your friends when signing up, but it means that Instagram knows who’s in your phone book. To turn it off:
You can also stop Instagram from suggesting your account to others. This happens when someone follows a new account: Instagram will then display accounts it believes are “similar,” which you could be grouped into. You can’t change this using your mobile app. To turn this off:
Finally, it’s worth checking to see whether any of your Instagram posts come up in a Google search. By default, Instagram doesn’t let Google find your photos, but if you ever signed into a third-party web viewer (and you might have in the years before Instagram was available on the web), it’s possible that site is scraping your profile and posting it for all to see.
If one or more of your posts does come up in your search, the first step to getting rid of it is to cut off third-party apps’ access to your Instagram account. You can do that on the mobile app:
You can drill down even further in limiting what in your account is visible to other people.
One big thing you can do is turn off your activity status so people can’t see when you’re online. (Be aware that, if you disable this, you won’t be able to see when other people are online either.)
You might also want to review tagged photos before they’re posted to your profile. If you have a public account, reviewing every tag can stop spammers from filling up your profile. And if you have a private account, this can stop your friends from sticking an unflattering picture on your profile. To do this:
Google offers privacy controls that are so complex, they require a checkup tool. The tool can guide you through disabling ad personalization as well as turning off some of Google’s abundant data collection, including search history, YouTube watch history, location history, and more. We suggest paying special attention to the Google Photos options, as well as any settings that involve what others can see about you (like your profile, which shows up in many places, such as Google Maps reviews) and any third-party apps that have access to your data.
Google Authenticator is one of the most popular and widely used 2-factor authentication apps. It's a great way to add an extra layer of security to your online accounts, making it harder for unauthorized users to access your information. In this blog post, we will walk you through the Google Authenticator mobile app and show you how to set it up on your Android or iOS device. We will also discuss some of its features and how they can benefit your security.
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Apple accounts don’t have many public-facing features, which means you don’t need to do much in relation to account privacy (most of Apple’s privacy controls are for third-party apps). But if you’ve ever shared an iCloud account with someone, check that you’re not sharing photos or your location unintentionally. You can opt out of personalized ads, too.
TikTok doesn't yet use superior security features like two-factor authentication. Thankfully, you can still make your TikTok account more secure by adding a verification code and changing a few key settings.
2. Add your phone number and email address here. Once you've added this info, TikTok will automatically send you a verification code any time you try to log in using your phone number.
3. You'll still be able to login as usual with your username and password, but logging in with your phone number and verification code instead may be an easier alternative than remembering a complex and secure password.
TikTok will automatically save your username and password. If others ever use your phone, you can increase your security by telling TikTok to always launch without logging into your account.
If you suspect someone of using your TikTok account, you can see which computers, smartphones, or tablets have accessed your account.
TikTok is for sharing, so its security isn't quite as tight as apps that store more private information. While that may change in the future, these settings can help you keep a closer eye on anyone who may be trying to access your account. You may also want to protect your privacy by deleting your TikTok watch history and disabling profile views.
Since LinkedIn is built for work, you might not think much about privacy on that platform, but it has several privacy options related to visibility, who can message you, and more. LinkedIn also has an entire section on how it uses the data it collects about you, including your search history, your demographics, and whether the company can use that data for research. Most of these options are on by default. If you don’t opt out of personalized ads, the company can leverage your work history, demographics, and education for advertisers.
Enabling the two-step verification feature is as important as setting a strong password. It can go the extra mile in keeping your LinkedIn account safe. It adds a security layer to your LinkedIn account.
To do this:
Find Two-step Verification and click Turn on.
When you enable this feature, you will receive a security code on your phone via a text message every time you try to access your account. So, even if a hacker gets past your password, he or she must still verify that you are accessing the account.
If so, then you must disconnect and change your password immediately.
Your LinkedIn profile is set to public by default. So, this means your profile is visible to anyone on the platform. Now, some users are annoyed by this. If you are one of them, you can customize your profile to change these default settings.
To do this, you can:
4. Turn off your profile's public visibility under Edit Visibility.
Connecting third-party apps to your LinkedIn account lets you enhance its functionality. However, when connecting such apps to your account, make sure that you read all the details related to the data you would share with them.
Such applications may use your information to create accounts or provide other services.
Remember that when you connect a third-party app with your LinkedIn account, you agree to share certain information about yourself with it. So, don't connect apps that could compromise your data.
If you want to disconnect an app from your LinkedIn account:
5. Here you will find all the third-party applications connected to your account.
6. Click Remove next to the ones that you want to disconnect.
Reviewing your privacy settings allows you to secure your account and prevent hackers from gaining access to it.
You can do many things when you review your LinkedIn account. For instance, you can add or change your email address. You can also change how you want to share data with the third-party apps connected to your account.
When you review your account, you can also request LinkedIn archives your data. This can help you in many ways. You will be able to download a copy of your archived LinkedIn data, including all the conversations, posts, and other activities.
Consider archiving your LinkedIn profile at least once every month. That way, you will have access to your data if something goes wrong with your account or if you want to close it.
Be sure to know what you are sharing and to whom before you post something. Don't accept requests from people you don't know without first checking their background. Restrict access to your profile when you connect with such people.
These are some of the best practices that you can follow to secure your LinkedIn account.
By default, Snapchat’s privacy settings limit your account to friends-only, but check the other options, especially the location-related setting, to confirm that you’re not leaking any more data than you intend to. As on other social networks, you can also opt out of personalized ads.
3. Scroll down to Login Verification and tap on it. In the new screen, scroll to the bottom and tap on Continue.
4. You can then choose to verify your profile via text or an authentication app and then feed the received code to the app.
Snapchat recently added a feature that allows you to share your location with friends or contacts on your phone who follow Snapchat. By sharing the location, you allow your contacts to know your whereabouts. This way, they can practically track you anywhere all the time.
However, there is a simple fix to it. By enabling the ghost mode, you can avoid any such problem. This simply denies location access and you’re free to post without letting anyone know where you are.
enable this feature, head to the Snapchat settings. Scroll down to See My Location under the Who Can tab and tap on it. In the new screen, select Ghost Mode (if it isn’t selected already) and tap on Continue.
If you’re really serious about your privacy, hiding from the Quick Add list is another useful way to protect your account. This way, friends of friends or people from your phone’s contact list will not be able to find and add you via the Quick Add feature on Snapchat.
Not all the friends of your friends are known to you nor do they have your phone number. Hence, it’s a good idea to directly add people you know or let your friends add you instead of taking the Quick Add route.
To disable Quick Add, access the Snapchat settings. Scroll down to the Who Can tab and find the See Me in Quick Add option. Uncheck the box on the next screen and you’re good to go.
Well, these two things are not something that everyone would know as they are mostly hidden in layers and layers of settings for safekeeping. Even if you’re not actively sharing your location as we have already enabled the ghost mode, Snapchat can track your location and see what you’re doing, as it learns from your usage pattern.
By barring the app from accessing and sharing usage data, you can prevent the app from collecting data and profiling you. Did you know (this is acknowledged by Snapchat as well) that the app goes through layers of your personal data and understands things about you that even you were probably not aware of? Let’s just say, this is quite creepy!
disable this, access the Snapchat settings, scroll down to the Manage Preferences tab and find Ad Preferences. Un-check the Activity Based Ads box on the next screen.