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How to raise privacy settings on online platforms

Privacy. A term that’s been thrown around and become a bit of a media buzzword; the meaning has been altered and potentially even lost. You can make your own decisions over many privacy options: who can see what you’re doing, who you’re with and even where you are. The intention here is not to scare but to emphasise the importance of what you can do to manage your privacy online. Keeping your private stuff private is vital and it’s often common advice in a situation where your privacy has been or might be, compromised. 

Why might want you to update your privacy settings? 
Social networks are good at giving you the autonomy to make various decisions over who can see what and access different information from your profile on social media platforms.  There are various reasons why you might want to update your privacy settings:

  • If someone is threatening to share your intimate images online.  
  • If you have been victim to 'Sextortion' or blackmail.
  • If you have had your personal accounts hacked or security compromised. 
  • If someone is harassing you online and you want to limit their view of your profile or ability to contact you. 
  • If, due to your profession or other reason, you want to be more private online. 
  • If you haven’t ever really thought about it or something you’ve just neglected to do. 

How can I update my privacy settings on different platforms? 
For most of the changes to privacy settings you’ll need to do this on the app or platform itself, but for ease and clarity here are all the links and bits of extra advice: 

Google offers multiple options for changing your privacy settings and have a privacy check-up option to make sure it’s all up to date and healthy! Click here to start

To change your privacy setting on YouTube, click here. You’re able to change the visibility of your videos so you can decide who can view, share and much more. 

On the Facebook ‘Basic Privacy settings & Tools’ page, you are able to review your privacy settings for sharing, connecting and tagging on Facebook. Find out more here.

Instagram's Help Centre allows you to adjust your privacy settings, let you know how you can make your profile private and lots more features to improve your privacy. Visit the help centre here

The UK Safer Internet Centre also offers extra advice on Instagram privacy settings; you can see their articles here: 

Click here to find out how you can manage your privacy settings on Twitter, report abuse and access help for hacked or compromised accounts. 

Snapchat Support allows you to review all your privacy settings and also inform you on how to report abuse, block and learn how the app works with privacy in mind. Find out more here

We see numerous cases of sextortion crimes happening over Skype and other video chat platforms. Through Skype you can manage your privacy settings here and see their advice on how to report abuse through Skype here

To review, edit and update your privacy settings and account information on LinkedIn. click here

What else? 

Password security 

Whilst updating your privacy settings, it might also be a good time to update your password for online accounts. For more help and advice check out this article and password management guide from South West Grid for Learning. 


Be mindful of your computer health: it’s advised to run regular checks for any suspicious malware on your computer which could also compromise privacy and security.

Advice on reporting harmful content online 

ReportHarmfulContent.Online supports victims of online harmful content and abuse and includes a revolutionary new reporting and advice system. The service provides up to date information on community standards and direct links to the correct reporting facilities across multiple platforms.

Advice is provided on online issues such as bullying, harassment, threats, impersonation, unwanted sexual advances, violent content, suicide, self-harm and pornographic content.

For more information and advice for reporting harmful content or staying safe online, head to ReportHarmfulContent.Online 

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