Social Media Privacy Issues: 10 Ways To Protect Your Data

If you are keeping up with current events you know that Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, is voluntarily testifying on Capitol Hill this week. Concerns around user privacy and recent data exploits have raised the question, “do we need more monitoring and regulation of these behemoth social media platforms.” With over two billion global users, Facebook creates community experiences and brings people together through an immediate, wide-reaching, 24/7 experience.

In order to fund their giant infrastructure, Facebook’s business model relies on the sale of ad revenue generated by collecting and using the data their users load and share on their platform. That brings forth the debate of how much is too much and should this process be regulated by a governing entity. While we let the powers that be figure all of those pieces out, here are ten things you should think about in order to protect your information while on Facebook or any other social media channel.

  1. Choose the social media platforms that matter most to you and stay off the ones that don’t.
  2. Choose your connections wisely and only connect with people that are pertinent to your business and social ecosystems.
  3. Make sure you FULLY UNDERSTAND the terms and conditions for use and understand what rights the company has over your data and how it is used.
  4. Undergo some training principles on cybersecurity and phishing as you will likely encounter some bad actors while using social media.
  5. Go through all the privacy settings in your account. Ensure your profile is private, which usually requires others to connect with you and get your permission before they can view your data.
  6. Do not have location sharing enabled by default.
  7. Use strong and complex passwords or use a password manager like TeamPassword.
  8. Use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
  9. Backup your computer with an offsite encrypted backup solution to protect yourself in the event you suffer a ransomware attack.
  10. Use Internet threat protection like Jungle Disk’s Network Protection service, which will proactively scan for and stop malicious content that may be hidden in social media.

It is hard to achieve 100 percent protection but these ten points will give you a great base to stand on while you embark on connecting and sharing on social media platforms or even surfing the Internet in general. If you need help or guidance on ways to stay vigilant and secure, you can always reach out to the experts at Jungle Disk. Good luck!

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