4 Social Media Privacy Tips for iOS Devices

May 07, 2014

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Internet users worldwide are becoming more and more aware of web security and privacy. Snoopers and hackers have made us more wary about what we do online. People are starting to make changes for heightened internet protection. 

There are four things you can do to improve or maintain your social media privacy on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad:

1- Be aware of the data collected by social media networks

Review the privacy agreements on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., to see which information is collected by these networks. Some collect data such as your phone number, your internet IP address, and your location. On iOS, you have to visit an app to read its privacy agreement. Recently it has been reported that Facebook has given some of the world’s largest technology companies, like Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify, access to users’ personal data.   

2- Be aware of third-party apps

Some apps can access the information you give to social media. To monitor which apps have access to your social media accounts, go to the iOS device Settings menu, scroll down, select the app, review which accounts on your device can be accessed, and move the slider from green to white to turn them off.

3- Use two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is a feature that sends a text message to you with a six-digit code that you have to input whenever you login to your social media from a new device. This feature will make it difficult for someone to login to your social media account without your knowledge. Facebook authentication is enabled through Facebook Security Settings, and you can enable authentication for Twitter by going to Me > Settings > Security & Privacy > ‘Send login verification requests to my phone.’

4- Use a password manager

Password managers keep all your passwords in one secure location. For each website a unique password is stored and kept data safe. A password manager allows you to store all passwords in one location; by logging into the password manager, you can access stored passwords on the website you are trying to enter. 

Apple launched iCloud Keychain to help make this easier. To access iCloud Keychain on your iOS device, go to Settings> iCloud>Keychain>enable it and follow the set-up instructions. Note: Not all iOS devices are capable of running iCloud Keychain. If your iOS device is not able to run it, there are other password managers that you can download, such as 1Password and LastPass. 

The four tips are a few suggestions to help ensure your privacy on iOS devices. Other general guidelines include being aware of links you click on and updating the privacy restrictions on your social media accounts.