How to avoid privacy errors on social media?

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Philippe Gloaguen
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Social networks are currently heavily used by people of every age, are useful for communicating, expressing ideas, advertising a product, spending fun time posting memes, photos and videos.

However, these social networks are accompanied by privacy concerns. This tutorial will be invaluable if you are a fan of social networks, because it will explain to you how to avoid privacy errors in social networks?

Common mistakes made when using social networks

  1. Connect social networks to third party applications, there are some applications designed by cyber criminals to steal personal information from our accounts. This way you can prevent cyber attacks.
  2. click on fraudulent links o play videos containing malware; These methods are very useful for cybercriminals to steal information.
  3. Accept requests from unknown people.
  4. Use simple passwords created with personal data.
  5. Publish addresses, such as where you live or work, where you are, where you will spend your holidays. Also send phone numbers or emails.
  6. Do not configure the privacy parameters of your accounts.
  7. Fill out the personal data form required by social networks.
  8. Leave social networks open on third-party devices or public computers.
  9. Save the password in the browser, something that can be dangerous if the device is stolen or if third parties have access to our equipment.
  10. Let children and teenagers use these networks unsupervised. Efforts should be made to improve the safety of adolescents on social networks and with children alike.
  11. Publish everything we do via messages or photos.
  12. Don't think about the consequences before accepting or posting any content.




Tips for Avoiding Social Media Privacy Mistakes

  • Never publish your personal data or that of a family member; For example, never post telephone numbers, bank details, addresses such as, where you live or work, where you go on vacation or where your children study.
  • Accept requests from people you meet in person, as there are many fake social media profiles stealing private information.
  • Create strong passwords difficult for third parties to crack and which are a secure but easy to remember password to prevent them from logging into your account and stealing your data or friends list. Also, never share your password with other people or save it in the browser.
  • If you use your social networks on third-party devices or public computers, be sure to close your accounts when you finish using them.
  • Most social networks allow you to configure privacy accounts; This feature allows you to decide who can access your profile and even choose which parts of your profile you want them to have access to.
  • Avoid uploading very intimate photos and don't share them with all users of these networks; for example on Facebook you can choose which users can see your photos, your friends list and your personal data.
  • Install the best antivirus e antimalware on your mobile device, tablet or computer and update them frequently.
  • Do not open questionable files or click suspicious links, as those files may contain malware designed to steal your personal information.
  • If your children use social networks, observe their behavior on these networks, because many children and adolescents are duped by adults posing as children to steal personal information or abuse it in a psychological or sexual way.



  • It is not necessary to fill in the entire form on personal data requested by social networks.
  • If you get a link or message from a friend that looks dubious, get in touch with that friend and ask them to create that content to make sure it's not a scam.
  • Use i VPN services when using networks public.
  • Keep computers operating systems up-to-date.
  • When using social networks from your PC, be sure to log into the official website of that network as there are many pirated pages on the Internet.
  • Read before accepting any permissions required by any app.
  • Use judgment and think before publishing any content that may violate your privacy.

Do not stop using social networks because of the dangers you may encounter, just be cautious and use common sense when using social networks; follow the advice in this tutorial and avoid falling into the traps of cyber criminals.



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