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Don’t show your location on social apps

Many social media platforms allow you to check in and broadcast your location, or automatically add your location to photos and posts. Geolocation or geo-tagging features on social networks is not the safest feature to initiate. You could be telling a stalker exactly where to find you or telling a crook that you’re not home.

What to do when your social media account has been hacked

We’ve all seen it. You’re scrolling through social media and suddenly someone you’ve followed for some time is consistently posting spam about a pair of knockoff sunglasses, accompanied by a link. Sometimes they show up in your feed, other times in your messages, but it never seems to go away until the account is reported. […]

Double check who’s connecting with you

Before accepting that friend request or LinkedIn connection, be sure to verify they’re a real person. There are many accounts out there on various social media platforms that are there simply to spread malicious links or skim people’s personal information. If you receive a request from one of these accounts, promptly decline it then report […]

Report duplicate social media accounts

If you discover a duplicate of your or someone else’s account on any social media platform, report it immediately. The account has likely been created by hackers or scammers to steal your personal information or prey on others in your network. All major social media platforms have a report feature that’s easily accessible on a […]

Before you enter a group chat on SnapChat, see who’s in it

In your privacy settings on SnapChat, you can decide who can see your stories as well as who can send you snaps or private messages. However, even if those accounts are limited to your approved friends list, you can still engage with non-friends if you enter a group chat with them. So, if you don’t […]

To protect your identity limit what you share on social media

Social networks are enormous, highly searchable data storehouses. Given that, it’s typically a bad idea to post any personally identifiable information on them because you don’t know who might see it. Don’t ever share your address, birthday or Social Security number in any online public forum, whether Facebook, TikTok, Twitter or a message board.