What to know about data privacy and social media.
What you can do now.
- Check what data your apps have access to through your Facebook account by visiting App Settings.
- Review your privacy settings on your device. For Apple users, go to Settings and then Privacy to see what apps have access to your location, photos and other information. Android users can manage app permissions by going to Settings, then App and Permissions.
- Keep mobile apps updated. Most updates will include security fixes.
- Get rid of apps you no longer use. Outdated versions could be running in the background on your phone.
What to consider before downloading apps in the future.Think of each app you download as creating a new door between the outside world and your private information. This may seem harmless enough, but they may be gathering data behind the scenes or even putting your information at risk. Here are some things to consider before downloading that coffee order app.
- Make sure your operating system is up-to-date with the latest version. This will help reinforce security on your device.
- Do you really need the app? The more apps you grant access, the more your information might be shared. If it’s not crucial, maybe don’t download it at all.
- A new app will often ask for access to certain information, like your photos or microphone. Think about whether the request is appropriate: does a flashlight app need to access your calendar to light your way? Probably not. Deny permissions that don’t feel appropriate, or consider finding a different app.
- Are you downloading from a trusted source? Try to stick to the default source of apps for your device or check out the official website.
- Look at user reviews. Do the developer and application have a good reputation? Does the app work well enough to warrant the download?
- Review your privacy settings after downloading an app. Some settings are automatically set as a default, but you can often change them to suit your needs.
What about my business’s accounts?The same rules above apply, but if your business has a social media presence, here are some additional things to keep in mind:
- Set up a strong form of double verification for login to your accounts.
- Ensure you have more than one admin. This could prevent you from losing control of your page.
- Keep the admin list updated and remove admins who should no longer have permission, like people who no longer work for the company.
- Do research before using a third-party app on your business’s page. What information will the app access?
- Change your password often and protect it. Never use the same password for different websites.