Everyone, who knows how to use a computer and get online, owns at least one social networking account. It has been a part of our daily tech-driven lives to share, communicate, and express ourselves through these social media sites. But do you know if the photos or videos that you post do not give out more than what you want the world to know about you? If you’re still paranoid about other people knowing more than just a photo or video of you, even if you have already turned on every privacy setting and restriction on your account(s), here some other ways on how you can further increase your privacy to your social media accounts.

Shut Down Your Location Services Feature

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It’s fun to post photos of you, your family, and friends on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Believe it or not, it has been almost everybody’s impulse to post almost every single thing that they do every single day…even if it’s just what you’re having for breakfast. But beware when doing this because you’re posting to the world not just a picture, you’re also showing them your exact location based on the photo’s geotag data. Yes, that’s right. Anyone, who knows about this dark secret, can snoop into your uploaded photos details and know where you are at the time the photo is taken. So if you’re someone who regularly posts photos of your hang outs, weekend activities, and family events, someone who may have some ulterior motives can easily detect your whereabouts. Scary, isn’t it? So to keep you safe while you post away, turn off or disable the Location Services feature of your smartphone. By doing this, you can tell your smartphone not to attach geotag data to your photos when using its camera function.

Keep an Eye on the Web

Some of us can easily browse and engage in several sites at the same time. But, you may not know it, someone may be talking gossip or spreading nasty rumors about you on the remoteness of the Internet world. To help you find out if you are being bashed out by somebody, you can set up alerts by using services such as Mention and Google Alerts. According to Mashable, Mention can track up to 500 results per month for up to three keywords for free. (The company also has premium plans beginning at $19.99 per month that let you track more.) Mention pulls results in 42 languages from Facebook, Twitter, news sites, blogs, forums and other websites, and includes image and video results as well. The app has a built-in spam filter and places its results in a “Priority” folder. If you’d rather not track mentions on a certain platform — say, Twitter — you can opt out. Like Google Alerts, you can receive updates through email on a daily or weekly basis, or solely through the dashboard.

These are good examples of services that you can make use in order to monitor and protect your social reputation. If you’d like to sign up for a free account with Mention, click here.

Control the Permissions of Apps that You Download

Whenever you download an app onto your smartphone, you are already giving out some of your information. Developers of the app can either obtain as simple as your name, or your contacts, location, photos, or your Facebook or Twitter account information. When installing iOS apps, you will normally be asked for permission to access your contacts, location, Facebook account, and microphone, and you have the option to either allow or deny a certain access thru iOS’ Privacy settings.

While in Android, you can use a third-party app like the App Ops 4.3/4/4 in order to access the basic App Ops settings. This app can help you control the permissions of various of Android apps. However, you should be aware that App Ops is not considered an official Android feature, therefore, there will always be a possibility to break the apps you will associate it with.

App developers should have access to some of your information, just as you would with their app(s). It’s a give and take situation. However, it’s not a fair play for an app to unnecessarily gain access to some of your personal information. Say for example, it makes sense for Instagram to have access to your phone’s Camera Roll, but it doesn’t need to have access to your contacts or address book. In this case, you can use an app that tracks the permissions that you set for each app on your phone. A good app that suits this need is the MyPermissions app, which is available both as a desktop plug-in or as an iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire app, supervises any app that is connected to your social networking accounts like Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Google, and Twitter. The app will send you a notification once you try to using one of your social networks to log in to another site or app.

Hide Yourself As Much As Possible

The Internet world has now become our reliable channel, but a dangerous place to go to at the same time. It is very difficult to determine if our identity is still safe while we’re surfing the web, or somebody’s already trying to steal something from us. If you’re really a security freak, don’t use or even join a social network that tends to ask and/or give out so much of your information to the world, and even to its advertisers. If you have ample time, you can do some research on social sites before joining them. Try to find out if they provide more security to its members such as encryption, secret groups, and use of peer-to-peer protocols to avoid being monitored by power secret security agencies, like the NSA.

Social sites where you can safely communicate without giving out too much of your personal information at risk are Silent Circle, BitTorrent, Wickr, and Sgrouples.

So after you’ve made the extra precautions to safeguard your identity and your personal information, you can be confident that you can now safely communicate and show your freedom of expression with the rest of the world.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8:58:10 PM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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