People increasingly rely on social networking sites and online dating sites to share their daily life with friends or to make friends. However, social networking sites like Facebook often have security vulnerabilities, data leakage, and other security issues. As soon as others access your sensitive information, they cause further property damage. Many people even think about permanently deleting their Facebook accounts.
How do you protect your privacy online while enjoying social networking services?
In this article, you will learn how to hide your personal information on social websites, so that you are not an easy target for hackers.
Hide confidential information
Your confidential information includes your real name, mobile number, ID number, home address, and pictures of you. Hiding such information may prevent data loss to some extent.
When it comes to “Do not post pictures of yourself”, you have your own concern. If you do not want your face to be turned into something you do not like, you may not want to post pictures of yourself on the Internet.
We need home addresses to shop online or express a gift to a friend. In general, we can trust some reputable online retailers like Amazon, Walmart and so on.
But Amazon’s database can also be hacked. It is impossible to completely protect your privacy. You can only do your best to prevent your personal information from being accessed by others. More importantly, you should take some precautions to stay safe and private online. For example, connect to the best VPN if you use a public wireless network.
Follow these steps to hide your personal information:
Delete the Exif information from your photos
Exif information including camera information, shooting dates, recording time and GPS locations is contained in photos taken with your mobile phone or a GPS-enabled camera. Sharing photos with Exif information may reveal sensitive information, such as the user’s home address. Deleting Exif information is therefore necessary to protect your privacy.
You can use some tools to quickly delete the Exif information.
Do not share your location on social networks
On many social networks, the location can be shared. When you’re on a trip, it’s okay to share your location.
However, if you only tweet from home, it may be unnecessary to share your location and disclose sensitive information.
If you do not feel it’s necessary to share your location with social networking sites, you can even turn off location sharing.
Do not fill in your sensitive information on social networks
On Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, you are not recommended to enter any real or sensitive information into your profile. Such sensitive information can be used by people for malicious purposes.
Check the social networks you have ever signed up for
You have probably signed up for a number of social networks and dating sites. These websites are likely to contain personal information about you. It is strongly recommended that you revisit these sites you’ve signed up for, and then delete sensitive information that you’ve entered.
We do not recommend that you use tools to find out which sites you sign up for as these tools can be malicious.
How do I manage the privacy settings on social networks?
Social networks contain a lot of personal information, including friends list, location, living habits and so on. You can easily hide your confidential information by managing the privacy settings on these social networks.
Facebook allows users to customize many different privacy settings to their own needs, including the audience of the posts, the friend lists, the phone number, the email address, and more. You can follow our instructions to manage your privacy settings on Facebook.
- Sign in to your Facebook account via a browser.
- Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
- Click on “ Privacy” and customize your privacy settings to suit your needs.
Note: We do not recommend that you indicate your birth date or real name.
By default, your tweets are visible to anyone else. But you can follow a few steps to easily manage the privacy settings on Twitter:
- Sign in to your Twitter account in a browser.
- Touch the menu icon in the lower-left corner.
- Click on “Settings and privacy”.
- Click on “Privacy and safety”.
- Enable “Protect your Tweets”.
Then, only your followers and users who have been approved by you will be able to see your tweets. If a user wants to follow you on Twitter, they must send a “Follow Request” to you. The user can not see your tweets until you approve the request.
Similar to Tweeter, your profile and posts are visible to all users by default. You can customize your privacy settings on Instagram so that only your approved followers and users can see your posts and profile.
- Log into your Instagram account on a browser.
- Click on “Edit your profile” next to your profile photo.
- Click on “Privacy and Security”.
- Enable “Private Account”.
Then, only people you approve can see your photos and videos on Instagram.