Annual Social Media Check List

Digital FailuresSave yourself from trouble and streamline your online activity by following the below essential tips.

1. Annual Password Change

Having someone invade your privacy, social channels, or even financials could be even more annoying and time consuming. Change your passwords today and then about every three months to lower the chance of getting hacked:

  • Don’t use the same password or similar password that you slightly modify for each account.
  • Make each password unique, with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, special characters
  • Don’t use any words that relate to you and what you do

You could also invest in a password storage such as 1Password, simply remember one password and it will remember all for you. If you were to change your Facebook password, when you are done doing that, 1Password can automatically record and encrypt the details for you.

2. Update Social Media Settings

Stay on top of social media settings, as some of these channels are notorious for updating settings without notification. Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media channels periodically change their privacy options or add options without making users explicitly aware of it. Also it’s a great idea to tweak your profile information, in case you can add a new accomplishment, job, or other new detail.

3. Facebook Personal Page

  • Under: “Who can see my stuff ?” Make sure you have “Who can see your future posts” set to “friends” instead of “public”.
  • Under: “Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?” set to “No One”.
  • Look at all the apps you have enabled and disable any that you don’t use.
  • Under: “Facebook Ads”, you have all sharing options set to “No One,” otherwise Facebook reserves the right to share your stuff in the future.

4. Twitter

  • Under “Settings,” check and revoke access for apps that you are not using
  • Add a “Header” picture under your “Profile,” make sure that your “photo” displays nicely on top of the background “header” picture you choose.
  • Download your Twitter archive. “Go to Settings and scroll down to the bottom to check for the option to request your Twitter archive. If you do see it, go ahead and click the button. You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access your archive when it’s ready for you to download.

5. LinkedIn

  • LinkedIn now lets you add links to videos, presentations and other assets to many sections in your profile. Get onto the Slideshare app.
  • Turned off “Partner InMails” under “Account”/”Email Preferences”. And under “Advertising Preferences”, unchecked “LinkedIn may show me ads on third-party websites”.

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