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Privacy On-Lock: Tracing Your Online Profile

Social Media Audit

Social Media Audit Checklist

  1. Identify all of your social media accounts and delete any unused accounts.

    1. Old, unused social media accounts put your personal information at risk. Remove as much personal information as possible and delete the account.

  2. Remove any unnecessary information

    1. Delete sensitive personal information like your birth year and your location from your social media accounts. You may also consider changing your account name from First+Last to First+Middle to make the account more difficult to discover.

    2. Turn off your GPS to keep your exact location private. If you plan to share images online, turn off the GPS function to protect your safety.

    3. Delete any old photos, videos, or posts that you wouldn’t want potential employers to see.

    4. Unlike or Unfollow any accounts that are considered inappropriate

    5. Clear out your friends list - do you know them personally? Do you keep in touch? If not, unfriend them.

  3. Update your accounts

    1. Change out your Profile Picture

    2. Update outdated or blank information that you’d like to include (job, school, pronouns, etc.)

    3. Follow people, professional organizations, or companies in your industry

  4. Lock down your account

    1. Check your privacy settings to ensure you are only sharing content with friends and family.

    2. Enable 2-Factor authentication, which double checks you really are who you say you are by texting your phone a code that you need to enter before you can log in.

    3. Sign out of all logged in devices and disable auto login. If someone gets access to your phone or computer make sure they can’t automatically access your social sites. Don’t let your browser save your log-in data.

    4. Update all passwords and make them all unique, using a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters to make them harder to break. Never use the same password for multiple sites because if one is compromised, they are all compromised.

      1. Try downloading a trustworthy password manager like 1Password, KeePass, or LastPass, which use highly advanced encryption and private adequate security to keep track of all of your passwords.

    5. Don’t authorize apps to login via Google or Facebook because it gives that app authorization to your account information. Always make a new account for apps.