If you are like me, Spinsters, then you don’t want to share every single thing you do with the entire world- just your friends. Maybe you don’t want your boss or work colleagues to know what you get up to on the weekend, or maybe you don’t want your future clients to be commenting on how cute your dog is, and how hot your bikini bod is.
There are pros and cons of being private, many employers use social media to check out applicants, to ensure they are a good fit for the company, and present a good image. By having a private social media, you aren’t going to damage the company’s image, but it makes it harder to see if you are a good fit for the company.
Being private does mean that you won’t have clients commenting on pics of your fam, but it also means that you may be harder to contact or find.
So I’m doing a super quick roundup of how great (and helpful!) posts that tell you, in pretty easy terms, how to make your facebook, Instagram, and twitter private.
Make your Social Media Private
This is a really thorough post on making your profile private. It’s pretty easy to understand (I think) but doesn’t talk down to you.
The Instagram Help Centre has a whole section on controlling how visible you are on Instagram.
Sometimes the best place to go for information is the source!
How to make a Private Twitter Account– from Tom’s Guide
Tom’s Guide has a heap of tutorials on how to make your social media private in their Social Networking Forum
How to be Safe on Social Media
If you don’t want to put your social media networks on private (and there are many reasons not to).
There are plenty of ways to be safe generally, without heavily compromising your safety.
- Don’t use your own name. In the earlier days of the internet, every child (including yours truly!) was told not to tell anyone their real name. By using a screen-name, we make it harder for others to find us by using our names, both IRL and online.
- Use a separate email address– a separate email address for your social networks means that it’s much harder to find you by email.
- Never post your full name- Most people use their first and last name, which is bad enough, but you must never use your full name because you can be found incredibly easy by it… Especially if they have your address.
- Never post your address- This should be incredibly obvious, but you must never, ever, ever post your address on social media.
- Don’t post about where you are going- If you are going to a nightclub, or shopping, don’t post about where you are going until afterwards, this makes it much harder for anyone to follow you, or find you there. If you must post about it, leave the location out of it.
- Don’t log in from public hotspots- Most social networks don’t have a secure login, so your login info could be swiped at any time.
- Use strong passwords- A password should consist of a combination of uppercase, and lowercase letters, and numbers. If you have trouble coming up with random passwords or remembering use a password keeper, such as Lastpass.
As you can see there are many ways to be safe online, as long as you remain aware of what you are doing, and remember the cardinal rule: Don’t post anything you wouldn’t mind being printed in the newspaper!