[vc_row unlock_row=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”5″ bottom_padding=”2″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″ row_height_use_pixel=””][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” font_family=”font-134980″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column_text]There is a famous quote from the Spider-Man comics, “With great power comes great responsibility.” And I believe this quote is 100% applicable to using social media.
That’s why I wrote this two-part guide to ensure your safety, protect your personal brand, and maintain your well-being. Have you checked out the first 5 tips covered in Part 1? Awesome! Let’s continue with 5 more social media safety tips!
6. Stick to Your “No-Post List” 🙅♀️
I have a list of certain information I don’t give out on social media. For example, I don’t share my relationship status, cell phone number, or anything related to expensive purchases.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image media=”56784″ media_width_percent=”100″ advanced=”yes” media_style=”dark” media_overlay_opacity=”50″ media_padding=”2″][vc_column_text]You can create your own “No-Post List” by brainstorming topics you don’t feel comfortable sharing with strangers in real life. Then apply those boundaries to what you share online. I like having this list because it forces me to think before I share personal information on social media.
We all love a good puppy photo, but be careful that you’re not sharing an answer to a security question – like the name of your first pet. In addition, a No-Post list creates boundaries and prevents you from oversharing on social media.
7. Use 2️⃣-factor authentication
Today, it’s not enough to have strong passwords. You should have two-factor authentication enabled on your social media accounts to protect your identity and personal brand. When you set up two-factor authentication through your phone, a passcode, or a security question, you create another layer of protection against hackers.
Is it annoying to input a code every time you log into your account? Sure. But don’t you think it will be more annoying when you’re locked out of your hacked account? (Update: Instagram has two-factor authentication as of March 2017, so set it up!)
8. Keep Your IRL Space Sacred 🏡
I try not to share photos or videos of my living space. It’s my sanctuary and I choose to honor and uphold my living space by keeping it off social media. We also forget that when we share photos/videos of our living space, there might be expensive electronics and personal valuables in the background. If you’re all for flaunting your possessions or the layout of your home, go for it. But if you’re not, this may be a tip to keep in mind.
Purge Spring Clean Your Accounts ✨♻️
Your social media accounts benefit from periodic housekeeping. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to unfriend, unfollow, and de-clutter your NewsFeed. Don’t be afraid to delete any toxicity or negativity from your social media.
I do “The Purge” around 3 times a year – around the new year, after the first day of spring, and after my birthday in the summer. During this time, I update my social media bios, go through my Following on Instagram, and unfriend people on Facebook. This is one of my favourite self-care tips for social media![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image media=”56786″ media_width_percent=”100″ advanced=”yes” media_style=”dark” media_overlay_opacity=”50″ media_padding=”2″][vc_column_text]
10. Signing Out is a Form of Self Care 📴
I mentioned that you can use this guide to ensure your safety, protect your personal brand, and maintain your well-being. One of the best ways you can do this is to log off. When you’re furious, overwhelmed, or even lonely, social media can amplify those feelings.
Remember how I suggested curating and cleaning up your social media feeds? Sometimes you can’t avoid the headlines, trending topics, or annoying group messages. Inhale. Exhale the FOMOBLO (Fear Of Missing Out By Logging Off) and sign out. Sometimes, I like to move the app to a different screen or delete it temporarily. Use this as an opportunity to recharge before you re-enter the noisy fray of social media.
This concludes my two-part guide on social media safety! If in doubt, remember to THINK before you post!
Social media places enormous power at our fingertips and a great responsibility to use that power for good. Be smart and be safe, my friends. If you have anything to add to this list or found one tip particularly useful, leave it a comment below!