Though sharing information about yourself and physical location will help optimize your content for search engines, it is still imperative to take extra precautions to protect yourself from privacy invasion online.
1. Limit the amount of personal information you share on your Facebook profile.
- Do not include your date of birth, telephone number postal address, or main email address. Create a separate email address for your Facebook account. In the event that your profile gets hacked, the hacker cannot access your main email account’s address book.
- Do not leave any clues to your password on your personal profile. Ex: If your password is your pet’s name, do not announce your pet’s name on your profile.
2. Manage custom privacy settings
- If you wish to share personal information, change your custom settings so that only trusted friends can see it.
- Be sure to customize the “Places you check-in to” settings to ensure that only people you trust can see your whereabouts.
- Spring clean your Facebook profile’s apps. An application you once used months ago could now be abandoned by its developer and a prime source for hackers to access your profile.
- Disable unused applications by simply clicking the “X” next to the app’s name. Facebook also has a tool called “Apps you use” which allows you to turn off all applications on your profile, or disable “spammy” applications.
1. Do not connect location-based services to Twitter.
- Criminals can quickly locate and track your whereabouts learning your daily routine.
2. Make your tweets private
- If you enjoy sharing your location information and personal information about your daily activities, then be sure to set your tweets to “private” – that way only people that you allow can see them.
3. Don’t tweet pictures you don’t want everyone to see.
- Posting pictures on Twitter can be fun, but if Weinergate taught us anything, it’s that even pictures in Direct Messages can be seen by anyone looking at your TwitPic stream. Tweet with caution.
1. Do not share too much on your account profile.
- YouTube allows you to share your name, age, interests and more. Be careful as to not share too much personal information if you are using YouTube for more than just business videos.
2. Keep your personal videos private.
- If you choose to post personal and professional videos on the same YouTube account or channel, then be sure to set your personal videos as private. This can be done when editing your video.
3. Keep your activity private from strangers.
- Account settings allow you to control who sends you messages, shares videos, and who can see your videos.
Do not search for personal information.
If you are searching for your own name, social security number, credit card number, all can be traced back to your computer. In doing so, you are creating a digital roadmap that can lead criminals right to you putting your personal information at risk of identity theft.
If you insist on searching for these things (though we highly recommend you do not search for your social security number or credit card number), do so from a different computer than you normally use so the IP address does not lead a criminal right to you.
Taking steps to protect your privacy online is just as important as protecting your website. Find out more information on ensuring your website is secure.