Having a profile on some of the most important social networks, such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, is becoming more common every day. To help us protect our cyber security, these platforms provide different security measures that the user has to configure before publishing photos and sharing personal information.
What data do our social networks have? The first step in protecting our privacy on social networks is to determine what data we will share on them. In addition, before creating our profile, we should carefully read the terms and conditions of the application to avoid that the way our data is used is not consistent with the type of privacy we want.
This is critical because fraudulent applications exist, and after the Facebook scandal and the disclosure of personal information through Thisisyourdigitallife's access to a user's profile, it is imperative that we take care of our personal information ourselves. European legislation has taken steps to protect users but ultimately we are responsible for accepting or not accepting terms that explain how our information will be stored and used.
Tips to protect our privacy
- Setting security options: All social networks have security and privacy options that allow you to determine who has access to your profile and can see your posts, i.e. who can collect your data. The first step in protecting our privacy on the networks is to limit the number of people who can access our information.
- Disclosure of our personal information: Most social networks allow you to fill in fields and fields that inquire about our personal information.
Almost all of them ask us for information about our identity, address, phone number, and basically anything else you can think of that sets you apart from the rest. One way to avoid the disclosure of our personal information is as simple as not filling in these fields. When creating a profile, we are not required to provide all of our personal information and therefore can use the application by simply creating our username and password.
- Creating secure passwords: A good way to protect our privacy and prevent our information from falling into the hands of third parties is to create secure passwords that are difficult to predict. First of all, you should not use the same passwords for all your access keys to different sites because if a hacker guesses your password, he or she will be able to access all your accounts.
Also, you should not use anything related to your personal life, such as your birthday or the name of your loved ones.
- Accepting applications: As a general rule, we recommend that you do not accept everyone who sends us an application and limit yourself to accepting only those people you know. Accepting an application from a stranger or someone with whom we do not have common friends means giving them access to our personal data, thus creating a gap in our security.