How Do You Manage Your Social Media Privacy?

‘Ensure your privacy settings are set to the highest level’ – if you’ve been reading my posts for a bit then you’ll know this is one of my top online safety tips.

‘Ensure your privacy settings are set to the highest level’ – if you’ve been reading my posts for a bit then you’ll know this is one of my top online safety tips. I’m a fan of ensuring that what you (and your kids) share online is limited to only the eyes that you trust. But let’s talk honestly. When was the last time you checked that your privacy settings were nice and tight? And what about your kids? While we all like to think they take our advice, do you think they have? Or it is all a bit complicated? 

‘We Don’t Want To Share Everything with Everybody’ 

Research from McAfee confirms that the majority of us are keen to share our content online but with a tighter circle. In fact, 58% of social media users are keen to share content with only their family, friends, and followers but there’s a problem. Nearly half (46%) do not adjust their privacy settings on their social media platforms which means they’re likely sharing content with the entire internet!

And it’s probably no surprise why this is the case. When was the last time you tried to check your privacy settings? Could you even find them? Well, you are not alone with 55% of survey respondents confessing that they struggled to find the privacy settings on their social media platforms or even understand how they work. 

Enter McAfee’s Social Privacy Manager 

Well, the good news is there is now a much easier way to decide exactly who you want to share with online. Introducing McAfee’s Social Privacy Manager. All you need to do is select your privacy preferences in a few quick clicks and McAfee will then adjust the privacy settings on your chosen social media accounts. Currently, McAfee’s software works with more than 100 platforms including LinkedIn, Google, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. It works across Android and iOS devices and on Windows and Mac computers also. The software is part of the McAfee+ suite. 

What Else Can You Do To Ensure Your Privacy Is Protected Online? 

Well, once you’ve got your social media privacy under control – you can relax – but just for a bit. Because there are a few other critical steps you need to take to ensure your online privacy is as protected as possible. Here’s what I recommend: 

1. A Clever Password Strategy 

In my opinion, passwords are one of the most powerful ways of protecting yourself online. If you have a weak and easily guessed password, you may as well not even bother. In an ideal world, every online account needs its own unique, complex password – think at least 12 characters, a combination of numbers, symbols, and both lower and upper case letters. I love using a crazy sentence. Better still, why not use a password manager that will create a password for you that no human could – and it will remember them for you too! A complete no-brainer! 

2. Is Your Software Up To Date? 

Software that is out of date is a little like leaving your windows and doors open and wondering why you might have an intruder. It exposes you to vulnerabilities and weaknesses that scammers can easily exploit. I always recommend setting your software to update automatically so take a little time to ensure yours is configured like this. 

3. Think Critically Always 

I encourage all my family members – both young and old – to always operate with a healthy dose of suspicion when going about their online business. Being mindful that not everything you see online is true is a powerful mindset. Whether it’s a sensational news article, a compelling ‘must have’ shopping deal, or a ‘TikTok’ influencer providing ‘tried and tested’ financial advice – it’s important to take a minute to think before acting. Always fact-check questionable news stories – you can use sites like Snopes. Why not ‘google’ to see if other customers have bad experiences with the shopping site that’s catching your eye? And if that TikTok influencer is really compelling, do some background research. But, if you have any doubts at all – walk away!  

4. Wi-Fi – Think Before You Connect 

Let’s be honest, Wi-Fi can be a godsend when you are travelling. If you don’t have mobile coverage and you need to check in on the kids then a Wi-Fi call is gold. But using public Wi-Fi can also be a risky business. So, use it sparingly and never ever conduct any financial transactions while connected to it – no exceptions! If you are a regular traveller, you might want to consider using a VPN to help you connect securely. A VPN will ensure that anything you send using Wi-Fi will be protected and unavailable to any potential prying eyes! 

Keeping you and your family safe online is no easy feat. It’s time-consuming and let’s be honest sometimes quite overwhelming. If you have 3 kids and a partner and decided to manually update (or supervise them updating) their privacy settings then I reckon you’d be looking at least half a day’s work – plus all the associated negotiation! So, not only will McAfee’s Social Privacy Manager. ensure you and your loved ones have their social media privacy settings set nice and tight, it will also save you hours of work. And that my friends, is a good thing!

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