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 you 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.
What type of things should I be doing to update my privacy settings?
- Restrict what's accessible to by the public - e.g. make your accounts private to limit content only to be seen by your friends or those who follow you.
- Restrict the view of your friend list to 'only me' or 'friends only'.
- Make your account as secure as possible - this would mean updating passwords to make them strong and secure and enable two-factor authentication (where available). For more help and advice with this, find the password management guide from SWGfL here.
- Antivirus - be mindful of your computer health, it’s advised to run regular checks for any suspicious malware on your computer.
Where do I go to 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 to where you can do this as quickly as possible.
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 secure.
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.
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.
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.
To review, edit and update your privacy settings and account information on LinkedIn.
We see numerous cases of sextortion crimes happening over Skype and other video chat platforms, through Skype you can manage your privacy settings here.
Any WhatsApp user to see your read receipts, last seen, about and profile photo. Find out more here.
Visit your Privacy and Safety settings to update your privacy controls for your comments, direct messages, and Duets.
You are able to find out how to protect your account, see recent logins, enable two-factor authentication and update your search privacy