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Social Media Basics - Protect your privacy on social networks

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Protect Your Privacy

A profile showing friends

A birth date is just one fact of many that a person could find out from viewing your profile and the personal information and photos you share online with social media.

Now, it’s often not a problem to share personal information with close friends and family, however you would not want a stranger to find out your date of birth, address and phone number.

Friends on a social network

Fortunately in social networks you can control the privacy settings and only allow friends, or friends and friends of friends, in your social network to see your full profile and everything associated with it.

Ultimately it is up to you how much or how little you put online and who you do or do not wish to view it.

If you have children or grandchildren you should be extra careful in checking what they are putting online and who can see it.

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