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Privacy on Social Media

Now that social media has become part of our day to day lives, its easy to forget that when we use these sites we are leaving a digital footprint which contains a lot of information. Accessing and using Social Media sites online pose certain dangers to our privacy. These footprints we leave behind, once they are on the web they are their for good.

Some simple steps to lower the risks involved are pretty easy to follow so listen up!

  1. Make sure that you read the sites terms and conditions as well as the privacy policy. I know, I know, the most common told lie in todays society is “Yes I Read the Terms and Conditions” and I am guilty of almost never doing it myself. It is very important to read these as they outline just that… the terms and conditions surrounding the content that you make on the site.
  2. Edit the privacy setting to suit your needs!
  3. Make sure to turn off location services. Most social media sites automatically upload your location when posting.
  4. Keep your passwords secure and try and use different password for each site.

These few simple steps are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online privacy. There are plenty of online resources that have plenty more information on online security, . I found the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner goes into a little more detail about the risks and what you can do if the worse does happen.

 

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