So, what should you do? Obviously, it is not an option to cut yourself off completely, but there are some ways that enable you to maintain your privacy. Here are some of the best ones:
1.Protect your tweets
A public Twitter account can reach an unlimited audience and your hashtags and keywords can be searched by anyone. But, if you don’t want to share everything with everyone, you should consider using a protected Twitter account. With this account, your tweets will only be visible to your followers whom you have approved. This is an excellent way to network with your friends, family, colleagues etc. Protected tweets cannot be indexed by search engines and this gives you added security.
2.Turn off activity broadcasts on LinkedIn
When you are in search of a job, you follow various companies on LinkedIn. The problem is that these activities broadcasted on your feed and your current employer is alerted that you are looking for a new job. Also, you don’t want everyone to know where you work and other details. Therefore, it is best if you turn off activity broadcasts.
3.Restrict LinkedIn updates to followers
Just like Facebook lets you post status updates, you can do the same on LinkedIn. People, even those who are outside your network circles, can also get these updates without having to add you as a connection. Do you really want strangers to find what you are sharing? Definitely not. Go to privacy settings and ensure that your updates only reach your connections and no one else.
4.Restrict audience of your Facebook posts
Unless you are using Facebook for promoting any goods or services, it is best to keep your posts private. Some public posts might seem innocuous, but they can create problems for you. For instance, if you post about your vacation publicly, criminals are informed that your home is unattended and they may decide to target it. Thus, it is essential that you restrict the audience of your posts on Facebook, both past and future, to your close friends and family.
5.Use SecureTribe for sharing sensitive and private information
If you do have to share your private information or personal photos with those in your circle, you can use SecureTribe to do so. This is also a social media network, but completely different from the others as your content can only be shared with those part of our Tribe and not with anyone else. Moreover, all the content is encrypted and the authorized user can only view it if they have the decryption key. You can make separate ‘Tribes’ for your friends, family and work colleagues and share information without worrying about cyber criminals or hackers.
6.Prevent Facebook lookup via email or phone
If you don’t want people to look you up on Facebook with your phone number or email, then you need to adjust the settings in your account. You can customized the settings to ensure only your friends or friends of friends can look you up and not just random people who may come across your email id or phone number somewhere.
7.Don’t refer to other social media accounts
Lots of social media platforms give you the option of linking with your accounts on other social networks. Yes, this might seem convenient because it saves you the hassle of having to fill in your data over and over again, but this can open you up to privacy problems. Hence, it is a good idea to maintain separate accounts, especially if they involve your personal and professional identities. For instance, you may not want your LinkedIn followers to find your Facebook account. Increase the security and privacy of your digital identities by not connecting them with one another.
8.Opt for Facebook tag approval
You enjoy a night out with friends every now and then. Now, a pal wants to post an embarrassing photo of you and tag you in it. However, the photograph can create problems in your personal or professional life or simply give rise to some questions you don’t want to answer. In such situations, opting for tag request approval can be a huge blessing. It gives you complete control over the content your name is linked with thereby letting you maintain your privacy.
9.Create custom restricted groups on Facebook and other networks
Everyone has lots of friends, but not all are close to you and there is some stuff you don’t want to share with everyone. This is where creating custom restricted groups can be a good idea for you. You can create a restricted list of friends and simply adjust the settings of a post when you don’t want to share it with everyone.
These are some of the great ways that enable you to have some semblance of control over your privacy when you are participating in social media sharing. There is no need for you to completely ban yourself, but there is no reason you cannot take the necessary precautions to ensure your information and privacy is not compromised.