Updated: Feb 20
Tuesday, January 28th – was an international day of celebration! It was Data Privacy Day. We are willing to bet that Data Privacy Day may not rank at the top of your social calendar, but perhaps it should. It’s certainly a timely reminder to review your online accounts and ensure your personal information stays private.
In our experience, most of our clients do an excellent job securing accounts, creating strong passwords and enabling two-tier authentication. However, we frequently notice security lapses on social media accounts, especially Facebook.
Here are five Facebook settings worth a revisit.
1. Enable Two Factor Authentication
Once you have set a strong password, be sure to turn on Two-Factor Authentication
• Go to Settings
• Security and Login and enable two-tier authentication
2. Limit Past Posts
• Did you know Facebook has a dedicated Privacy Section? Take a minute to revisit this section and update the settings to your liking. It’s best practice to limit past posts, as there’s no guessing what information you may have shared years ago when you first joined Facebook.
3. Audit all the devices that can access your Facebook account
• Take a moment to consider the number of phones, computers, tablets and other devices you may have used over the years to login to your Facebook account. Frankly, there is no time like the present to double check your authorized devices and remove outdated gizmos and gadgets from your authorized list.
4. Review Authorized Apps
Now that the number of devices logged on to your account is under control, it’s time to review your list of authorized apps. Visit the Apps and Websites page to view the Active apps that have access to your account. Click the checkbox next to any apps you would like to remove, followed by the Remove button. You can also remove any apps which access has expired by clicking on the Expired tab at the top of the page.
5. Disable Location Settings
Finally, if you are concerned about Facebook using location data from your phone to create a map of your location history, simply disable location history on your mobile phone. Yes, it’s just that easy.
Congrats! You’ve taken huge strides to improve your online security. Ready for more? This handy tool from Google will walk you through a fairly comprehensive data privacy checkup.
Finally, the data security experts at Stay Safe Online have collated a list of popular devices and online services for you to review as you embrace the data security challenge and take action to manage your privacy settings.
Need help? The RW Networks Tech team is ready, willing and able to answer your data security questions.