Today, there is no doubt that social media plays a significant role in our everyday lives. Approximately 7 out of 10 Americans are on social platforms to connect with their family and friends, share and search for interesting content, and entertain themselves. Most of us know that it is important to be careful with what we share on social media, but with privacy concerns like cyber stalking, social profiling, third-party information sharing, and warrantless searches, will you have control over what other people see? Fortunately, there are ways to protect your privacy and security when using popular social media platforms. Here is how you can stay safe on Instagram:
Delete Third-Party Applications that are No Longer in Use
At some point of time during your Instagram life, chances are you might have used some type of third-party app. For instance, applications for video effects and photo editing. If you are still using all those apps, you need to check whether you have permitted access to view your personal account. Next, it is recommended that you revoke access to applications that you no longer use.
Always Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Every password-protected account should come with two-factor authentication, or at the very least login verification. When you enable two-factor authentication, it adds an additional layer of security by requiring one more authentication step after your password has been entered. In most cases, the system will send a code to your phone and you will then enter this code after your password.
Login verification features are activated when the system is convinced that you are logging in from an unknown device. If that happens, you will be prompted to enter a verification code.
Make Sure Your Passwords are Strong and Unique
These days, many people are so overwhelmed with how many passwords and accounts they need, that they go the easy route. For instance, they may use the same login details across multiple platforms and sites. This is a mistake you need to avoid. Even if you have different unique accounts, you should change your passwords regularly. Changing your passwords once every three months is recommended. In addition, make sure you use a combination of punctuation, letters, numerals, and capital letters – if your old password is ‘Password1!’, your new password should be ‘J1bNf#FP8aX!’ and not ‘Password2!’.
Do Not Use Geotags Recklessly
The temptation to tag a location to one’s photos can sometimes be irresistible, but refrain from it, especially when it comes to photos of your newly decorated house or travel shots. In some cases, geotagging can put you at risk, both cyber and physically. For example, your geotagged vacation photos could signal to burglars that your house is left empty, assuming you have been marked and they know where you live, and keep track of your updates. Aside from this, geotags can also disclose specific locations you have visited, personal preferences, and more.