As an influencer, you have a responsibility to protect your followers from social media privacy issues on your accounts and website. However, you also have to worry about protecting yourself!
If you’re an influencer or social media user interested in protecting your privacy online, check out my top three social media privacy tips and tricks I always share with my clients:
Keep your personal life personal
While social media may seem like a great space to share your personal life with your followers 👥, it’s important to maintain a boundary between your life as an influencer and your life with family and friends.
First, all of your social media accounts should be official business pages. For example, after creating a Facebook business page, you can use those credentials to turn your Instagram account into a business page as well.
Furthermore, but remember to never accidentally display the following information online:
❌ Your personal or business address
❌ License plates
❌ Boarding passes or tickets
Hackers can use information from any of these sources to invade your privacy and potentially steal from you!
Finally, if your business sells goods or services, remember to ONLY use your business phone for business matters. Take it from me – I once called a potential client from my cell phone, and ended up being bombarded with threatening messages 👎.
While allowing your followers glimpses into your personal life is a great way to keep fans engaged and feeling connected to your brand, taking it too far can be disastrous for your personal safety.
Get a killer password
One of the most well known tricks to avoiding social media privacy issues is creating foolproof passwords. However, many social media users still insist on using the same password for everything 🤦♂️!
I’m here to tell you that if you want to keep yourself and your loved ones safe on social media, you have to have strong passwords.
Believe it or not, hackers have been known to check out influencers’ Facebook pages to find personal information such as their hometowns or mothers’ maiden names in order to guess personal passwords. Therefore, one of my go-to tricks for strong 💪 passwords is using random generators.
Fee sites such as Secure Passwords Generator and Free Passwords Generator can help you create random passwords that no hacker could find online. Plus, you can store these passwords in a password manager app so you only have to memorize one password!
Finally, I always recommend that my clients use two-factor ✌️ authentication whenever possible. While admittedly a bit of a pain at times, two-factor authentication is perhaps the surest way to protect your accounts from hackers.
Think of it this way: When your account is protected with two-factor authentication, hackers would have to have your password as well as access to your email or physical cell phone in order to break into your page.
Chances are, that’s not happening 🙅♂️.
Protect your feeds and history
Hey YouTubers! Did you know that if you enter your channel’s URL into a browser followed by a slash and the word “feed” you – or anyone else, for that matter – can view all of your channel’s activity?
Yeah, it’s a little creepy.
Luckily, you can turn off public access to this feed by visiting your YouTube privacy settings and checking ✅ the boxes next to the content you’d like to keep private.
Furthermore, I always recommend my clients also clear their watch history on YouTube, as Google keeps track of every video you watch and like. It’s none of their business, right?!
However, protecting your feeds isn’t just important for YouTubers.
All social media users should check out Facebook’s privacy options to discover how they use your personal browsing and social media history to present you with targeted ads. Plus, take a look at “your Twitter data” under privacy and safety settings to see exactly what information the site uses to target you.
Furthermore, most social media websites have the option to stop 🛑 personalized ads. Plus, you can even opt out of Google’s ad personalization and choose which types of ads you’d like to see from them instead!
Unfortunately, we’ll ever be able to use the Internet with complete and total privacy. However, it’s important that we still do everything in our power to keep our personal information safe from other people as well as large corporations.
Interested in more ways to protect 🛡️ yourself from social media privacy issues? Reach out for a consultation today to learn how we can help!