Every one of us has at least once, in our social media life have encountered our social media accounts being hacked, or fake profiles trying to get access to our social media profiles, etc. This is so common these days, that it seems almost impossible to keep ourselves safe from all these privacy invasions.

Cybercrime is becoming a common occurrence on online platforms and the need to protect your social media has become more of a necessity for many of us. Because these profiles are not just for entertainment purposes, many of us are doing businesses, networking, researching, and earning bread and butter from these social media platform profiles.

In this article, we have listed down a few security measures for you to follow to ensure maximum possible safety for your social media profiles.

      1.       FILTER OUT YOUR FRIENDS LIST ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH: Growing your network is a good and social media platforms help you do that, but make sure whoever you add in your profile is your friend or acquaintance at the very least. Many of us, especially females are bombarded with unknown friends request occasionally. Be careful who you add in your profile, for many are just fake profiles impersonating your friends as well.

It is a good practice to filter your friend's list once in a while and get rid of unknowns from your profile. The reason being your profile contains personal and private information, which can be misused by hackers and harassers.

      2.       AVOID GIVING THIRD PARTY ACCESS TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS: Many applications, such as gaming, photo editing app, etc require access to your social media accounts. If you give the random application access to your accounts you are leveraging information to these applications without even knowing it.

So be careful of allowing access to third-party applications. Other than application, Many websites ask for access to your social media profiles as well. So if you register yourself on websites, they ask you if you want to link your Facebook or Google account to the website's account. If you say allow these sites access here, you are again sharing all your personal information with them also.

Therefore avoid giving access to third party applications and sites to your social media account.

      3.       DO NOT OVERSHARE ON PUBLIC SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES: A lot of us are guilty of oversharing personal information on our profiles. For example; I update my status on Facebook saying, ‘Having coffee at Starbucks’ and tag the location. With the location tagging and timestamps we share, we allow many predators and stalkers to track us down and put us in danger. Many kidnappers have used this information to abduct people and many sexual predators have misused the information as well. This is why there is a rise in cybercrime and the cases reported are increasing with each passing minute.

Many of us love to share photos as well. Make sure you do not share personal and private photos of yourself that later you might regret sharing.

      4.       REVIEW YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS OCCASIONALLY:  Review your privacy settings thoroughly. Choose very carefully who you want to share your posts and photos with. These settings also allow you the benefit of not letting everyone search on public platforms. Today, there are many privates social media sites like eestone that keep your profile private and don’t let anyone search you. The only way you can join someone's network is when you invited by them.

However, with sites like Facebook and Instagram, anyone can search for you and see your profile.

      5.       TURN OF ACTIVITY BROADCASTS: Many social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn etc keep track of your activities and these activity feeds are available to your followers. What you can do is turn off activity broadcasting on your profiles. For example, if you like a page on Facebook, your friendslist can immediately see this activity, the same goes for LinkedIn and other profiles.

The only way to ensure privacy is to turn off this activity feeds.


Do not share information on social media profiles that you do not want to be compromised.


Many social media profiles use cookies to store information about their users. For example, these cookies are little tracking devices that record information like your likes, dislikes, what you search on google, what sites you visit, your buying behaviors, etc.

1.       This is data mining which is done by several social media profiles. What they do with this data is their bread and butter. They sell this information to marketers, which in turn helps them with their business campaigns etc.

      8.       USE TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION: This is the best security feature that social media profiles have come up with. Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn all offer two-factor authentication, which essentially means that if you use an unrecognized device to log in to your social media profiles, you will need to enter a special code that is sent to your mobile phone.

This feature is a nightmare for hackers.  So go to your privacy settings and turn on this feature to keep your social media profiles safe.

      9.       USE DIFFERENT PASSWORDS FOR DIFFERENT SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS: Many of us are guilty of keeping one password for all our social media profiles. This makes our account vulnerable to hackers. Use strong and unique passwords for different social media sites.

      10.       LIE ON SOCIAL MEDIA SECURITY QUESTIONS: A lot of use social media security questions for added security. However, the mistake we make here is, answer those questions truthfully. For example, what is your pet's name? Fluffy. Any question that has a common answer which you have shared on your profile or with your friends is probably not the best answer to choose.

Therefore, we suggest lying on these security questions so no one can guess the answer and hack your account.

Implement all the security measures to ensure your privacy on social media.

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