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Protect Your Privacy on Social Media

Posted: 6/29/2019 1:12:41 PM

Almost everyone has a social media account of some kind these days. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter, social media apps have provided us a great way to connect and keep in touch with friends and family. However being so available online can leave us vulnerable to identity theft and other cyber crimes. Our team at FoxPaw has put together a list of tips that can help protect you and your privacy.

Hide Your Location

Social media apps such as Facebook and Snapchat have check-ins where your connections can see where you’re hanging out at the time. This feature though leaves you vulnerable to thieves who may see that you’re not at home and use that opportunity to rob your home. It is a good idea to disable these features. On Snapchat you can do so by toggling Ghost Mode in Settings for See My Location. On Facebook, don’t click check-in when updating your status.

Use 2 Factor Authentication

Using two-factor authentication means entering a special code that the social media site texts to your phone. It may be time consuming, but can prevent someone else from accessing your account at any time, including if your mobile phone is stolen.

Set Your Account to Private

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter all have options to set your account to ‘private.’ This means that nobody but your selected friends can see what is posted on your account. On Facebook, this option can be found in settings and under Privacy. There you can select who can see your posts, who can contact you, and who can look you up. On Instagram, your profile can be set to ‘Private.’ Snapchat has two privacy settings, one for snaps and one for stories that you can set for every friend, or make a customized list. Twitter is very simple. Either set your account to Private, and share your thoughts with just a few selected tweeters or be Public, and share your tweets with the entire Twitterverse.

We hope that these tips will help you in protecting your privacy when using social media apps. Due diligence is required as we become more of a sharing community. If your smartphone or tablet is not performing well, bring it into your local FoxPaw kiosk or hub for a free diagnosis and repair estimate. Whether it’s a cracked screen, charging issues, or performance problems, our experts are ready to take care of your device!

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