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3 Tips for more secure social media

Do  you want to:

  • better protect your social media accounts,
  • keep your social content more private, or
  • protect your personal data on your phone from intrusive social media apps?

If so, please read on because we’ve got three tips to help you stay more secure when using social media.

  1. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA)
  2. Delete the app and use the website instead
  3. Take control of your social media privacy settings

MFA

Consider adding another layer of protection to your accounts by using multi-factor authentication where available. Multi-factor authentication (MFA), sometimes called “login verification” or “two-factor authentication”  is a security feature requiring you to do more than simply enter your login and password, usually responding to a push message, or entering a dynamically generated code. The following links explain enabling MFA on each of the most popular social media platforms:

Delete the app, use the website

Using a social media app on your phone? A Pew Research Center report tells us that 26% of all users have deleted the Facebook app from their phone, while 44% of younger users have done so due to privacy concerns.

Apps potentially have access to much more of your personal information than websites, such as your contacts, photos, texts and emails, even your phone’s cameras and microphone. See for yourself by checking permissions on your device.

If you don’t want to have to micromanage app permissions on your phone, consider simply deleting the app and using the website instead. There are few downsides, however, such as losing access to features like app notifications, and having to rely on email updates instead.

Update Privacy Settings

Want to view or change your privacy or security settings, but don’t know where to find them?

Use these direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.

Also, learn more about how to keep your computer and personal data safe on the UW-Madison network.