Whilst Social Media is a wonderful way to stay in touch with friends and family all around the world, it is important to be aware of how much of your private data is collected whenever each social media platform is used. It is also vital to bare in mind to maintain a level of security and privacy to monitor public access to your private information.

What is a digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is the traces of information that you post about yourself online, including but not limited to photographs, locations, statuses, text messages and whereabouts, as well as other personal information that could be used to identify you. Criminals can use this publicly available information to steal your identity or use it to make phishing messages more convincing.

Every day, whether you intend to or not, you are leaving behind a trail of data that pieces together a picture of who you are online, what you are doing, where you are going, and why you are doing all these things. This picture is likely more easily accessible than you may think, and if landed in the wrong hands, could be disruptive and even dangerous.

What do I need to be aware of?

  • Think about what you’re posting, and who has access to it. Have you configured the privacy options so that it’s only accessible to the people you want to see it?
  • Consider what your followers and friends need to know, and what detail is unnecessary (but could be useful for criminals).
  • Have an idea about what your friends, colleagues or other contacts say about you online.

What can I do?

Be aware of the content of what you post online. Could this reflect badly on you, could it be used to hack your accounts, or could it damage your relationships? You can also set your social media accounts to private or otherwise adjust your settings to limit who has access to what you post.

Check out the privacy advice and settings for Facebook here

Find out how to protect your tweets here

Manage your Linkedin account settings here

Youtube privacy settings can be found here

As ever, if you are concerned about the privacy of your information, you can book a FREE safety consultation with the Kerbury professionals here.