Protecting Yourself in Social Media
Different social media platforms have different policies and procedures for restricting who sees you and how they can interact with you. If you are concerned about your visibility in social media, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself. The links below point to different program's instructions.
Adjusting Your Privacy Settings
Everyone should check this regularly. Different platforms have different rules on which posts are public and private. Make sure you know who can see what you post!
Facebook Privacy Settings Overview
Instagram Privacy Settings
Twitter Privacy Settings - Protecting and Unprotecting your Tweets
SnapChat Change your Privacy Settings
WhatsApp Privacy Settings
Linkedin Privacy Settings
Blocking and Unfriending on Facebook
Blocking People on Instagram
Blocking Accounts in Twitter
Deleting and Blocking Friends in SnapChat
Blocking People on WhatsApp
Blocking or Unblocking a Linkedin Member
Disabling Location Services
Report Fake Profiles
If a fake profile (Impersonation Account) has been created with your name, report the profile to the service that is hosting it.
Two-factor authentication (2FA)/ SMS Verification
Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) or “SMS Verification” for all social media accounts will prevent someone from taking your password and logging in from their computer or phone. Consider avoiding your phone displaying text message content on the screen without unlocking your phone.
All major social media platforms support 2FA, and this is very important to consider for protecting your privacy if someone is trying to spy on you during a relationship or after a break-up. Here are links to all major social media’s 2FA information pages: