Online privacy and security: the impact of constantly changing social media settings on users’ privacy

Did you know that there are an estimated 2 billion active social media accounts across the world? With social media seemingly becoming a phenomenon that is showing no signs of slowing down, is it any wonder that more and more people are becoming active users of these sites. But have you ever stopped to think about your online footprint, or your online privacy or even more so your online security? With social media playing an increasingly larger role within society and with existing sites constantly evolving it can be difficult to think about the bigger picture when it comes to social media. But should you be worried with what your online footprint says about you?

As online platforms have grown, so has the awareness with regards to online safety – especially for young children. The government has even created the UK Council for Child Internet Safety or UKCCIS as it is most commonly known, which works with over 200 different organisations in order to raise awareness on children’s safety when operating on the internet. With children receiving information from a young age nowadays with regards to how to operate safely online, it is often the older generation that are lagging behind in the privacy stakes. So this mini blog post series will take you through the best ways to stay on top of your privacy settings and how to manage your very own online reputation.

The very first thing to do is to log out of all online social media accounts on your computer. Done that? Right, now open up Google and type your name in. Are you surprised what information has come up? Are you able to access photos on Google Images that you thought were private? Are you even able to access your social media profile pages straight from Google?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions it’s time to take action! The first things you’ll need to address- and quickly, are:

  • Your existing online profile
  • Your social media privacy settings
  • How the Internet of Things affects you

If you’re not sure how to approach these, don’t worry because all the details you need are included in the second part of this blog post- available Monday!

Don’t be that person whose personal information gets compromised or ends up with a negative online reputation because unknown users were able to access your social media pages. Come back on Monday to see how you can stay safe online by adjusting your attitudes toward these three key areas.

About Jonny Ross Consultancy

Jonny Ross has a proven track record in everything digital! He has over 15 years experience working with small businesses and specialises in digital marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, online engagement strategies and everything SEO.



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