I think we all would like to think that we set up a computer, set up services, set up this and that, and we’re good for time immemorial.
That might work if you were in total control of everything. But, if this world of computer updates and services that we use changing, I’m convinced that’s not a good approach.
So, I do and recommend to others that they check their settings and see just what it is that you’re allowing to be shared – and with whom.
It will take a few minutes but it’s a good summer cleanup / checkup activity.
There are three biggies for me.
- Google. https://myaccount.google.com/privacy
It’s not just for search anymore. You watch videos, manage documents, buy things, search for things, share things, use social media, log into other services using your Google account. Just what are you sharing with the world?
Log into your Google account and then follow the link above and double check. You may be surprised at just how much information is available and how you’re sharing it.
- Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=account
Of course, all of the above applies to Facebook as well. But, there’s a little more since Facebook is all about the sharing of information and, often, very personal information. In addition to working your way down the list, pay special attention to the Privacy section and see just who is able to see your content.
- Twitter. https://twitter.com/settings/account
You know, for 140 characters, there are certainly all kinds of settings that can be tweaked to make sure that you’re getting the most from the experience. Most of these settings should be familiar now once you’re checked your Google and Facebook settings. An important one to check is “Apps”. Just how many applications and services have you given access to your Twitter account to? You might be surprised. Revoking the ones that you’re currently not using is a good idea.
Do you feel safer and more confident about your online presence now? Of course, these three are just the biggies. If you have a Bing, Yahoo!, Zoho, or more accounts, it’s worth checking out to make sure that it’s all good on your end. Things do change since you set up your original account.
It’s just a nice rainy day activity.
Put it in your calendar as a recurring event.