Learn to control access to your personal details on social networking sites.
- Be careful in posting personal information to social networking sites
- Control access to personal information on your Facebook profile
Brenda and Isaac plan to use Twitter during the march to give updates on the progress of the march. But what if the police could monitor the tweets, and deploy squads to intercept marchers?
They plan how to share photos and videos of the march without revealing people's identities, because they worry that participants could face persecution.
Social networking sites ask you for a good deal of data about yourself to make it easier for other users to find and connect to you.
Perhaps the biggest vulnerability this creates for users of these sites is the possibility of identity fraud, which is increasingly common.
The more information about yourself you reveal online, the easier it becomes for the authorities to identify you and monitor your activities.
The online activities of diaspora activists from some countries have led to the targeting of their family members by the authorities in their homelands.
Before posting, think about whether it's necessary to post:
- birth dates
- contact phone numbers
- details of family members
- sexual orientation
- education and employment history
You can control who can see various elements of your profile. This doesn't happen in the main privacy settings but directly when editing your profile.
Go to About > Contact & Basic Info you can see your date of birth:
If you place your mouse cursor over it, you will see an icon which can be a globe (public), a group (friends of friends), a lock (only me) or possibly other images.
Clicking on this icon will bring up a menu where you can change this setting:
- en/topics/understand-4-digisec/0-getting-started/1-1-intro.md: Intro to digital security
- en/topics/practice-1-emergencies/2-account-hijacked/1-1-intro.md: What to do if your social media account has been hijacked
- Tactical Technology Collective: Security in a Box