We have all run into posts where we have shaken our heads and sighed as common sense seems to have gone out the window. What were they thinking? Has a lack of common sense run rampant? It seems that way sometimes.
As we see a lack of common sense in the real world, it is amplified via the Internet where people can roam incognito. Obviously, there is the netherworld of the spammer and people who hide behind fake profiles to disparage others. The negative aspects of an online presence can really make one hesitant to engage. But with a few common sense rules to follow and an emphasis on tweaking your privacy settings, you can roll with the punches.
So here we go, the quick check guide to privacy settings on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest. Please remember that, over time, privacy settings can change so it is a good idea to check your settings monthly. Common sense tells you that the default setting would be the most private, but that is not always the case.
1. Click the small lock icon in the upper right corner of your personal profile home page.
2. You will see Privacy Checkup, Who Can See My Stuff, Who Can Contact Me and How Do I Stop Someone From Bothering Me.
3. Go through each category and adjust your settings.
1. Click on your avatar (picture) in the upper right corner of your screen.
2. Scroll down to “Privacy and Settings” and click “Manage.”
3. You will be prompted to enter your email and password for security reasons.
4. On the bottom portion of the screen you will see “Privacy Controls.”
5. Follow the prompts and you can easily tweak your settings.
1. Click on your picture in the upper right corner of your profile page.
2. Scroll down and click on “Settings.”
3. On the left side of the screen, click on “Security and Privacy.” You will see an explanation of Twitter privacy settings that can be adjusted as needed.
1. Click on your avatar (picture) in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
2. Click on “Privacy.”
3. All the information about Privacy is explained.
1. Click on the button with 3 horizontal lines to the left of your name in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the window and click on “Privacy & Terms.”
3. You will see detailed information about privacy.
I must say that all of the platforms have made privacy settings easy to understand and implement. So use your common sense, set privacy settings that are reasonable and enjoy your time in the social space.