Tech, Social Media

Tips on protecting personal privacy on social media

Every member of the WebsiteBanao community has a role to play in protecting the information we access through social media and ensuring everyone’s privacy.

We encourage members of the WebsiteBanao community to stay aware of the privacy risks when using social media platforms, such as TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Below are tips from WebsiteBanao IT Security Services to protect your privacy when using social media apps for personal or professional use.

  1. Stay informed – Before using a social media app or service, carefully review its Terms of Use and privacy and data policies. Apple’s App Privacy Report provides insight into how apps access your data and Google Play has a similar feature for Android devices.
  2. Adjust your privacy settings – Pay close attention to the privacy settings on your social media accounts. Ensure you know what data third-party applications are accessing and how they use it.
  3. Limit your online “footprint” – Avoid oversharing personal information on social media, as this can be used by cybercriminals to steal your identity or provide tailored phishing messages.
  4. Remove permissions for unused apps – Some devices support automatically removing permissions for unused apps. If your device doesn’t support this, periodically review app permissions and uninstall unused apps.
  5. Use anti-virus/malware protection – Scan your apps periodically for malware, viruses and adware.
  6. Use strong passwords – Secure your accounts by using strong passwords. Learn how to properly create and maintain passwords for your ID and other accounts here.
  7. Use Multi-factor authentication (MFA) – Multi-factor authentication is easy to set up and easy to use.
  8. Multi-Factor Authentication
  9. Multi-factor authentication is an easy way to protect your Microsoft 365 email and calendaring service. Sometimes known as two-step verification, multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of protection to help prevent hackers from accessing your email and account — even if they have your password. McMaster / Microsoft 365 MFA is available for all members of the WebsiteBanao community for their ID account.
    Easy to setup and easy to use
    Peace of mind knowing that your account has an additional layer of protection
    Use the Microsoft Authenticator App to protect your online accounts and as a password manager
  10. Stay up to date – Routinely review apps, social media accounts, and their respective security and privacy settings.