Protect Your Information on Social Media

I have constantly spoken here about the need to have methods and practices in order to enhance security of your information on the network, as well as those of your friends, co-workers and family. And as the social networks are gaining strength, it is inevitable draw attention to the ways that exist to manage how and what people see about you.

We’ve never been exposed. With just one click, we have to publish an interesting idea or a comment rancorous in any social network. Then just wait a few seconds, maybe minutes if not your lucky day, to receive feedback. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not so much. What matters is that the internet is a living and memory powerful body, then slide that you did not intend to commit may be remembered with a simple search in the search engine.

The own Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, has said that the future is plausible that people have the right to enter orders to change name due to reputation – easily verifiable, it is important to stress – which acquired the network. To prevent this from happening, we need to guard us about how we expose ourselves in this great network.

In the case of social media, the main services offer interesting features for this control.


Even the leading social network in Brazil, Orkut is dying. But still a lot of people there, so it’s good to keep an eye on the settings of your account. Starting with the photos. Note that the album page there is a box with Who can see those photos. After clicking edit it is easy to modify who sees the photos (if only a few friends, all friends, or all registered users in Orkut).

Another form of interaction on Orkut that deserves extra care are the messages (orscraps as you prefer). Fortunately, in the last update of the social network, Google has implemented a tool of control over who will see that message. So be sure to use this feature!

After writing the text to a friend, go visible for and only choice if friends or all people registered on Orkut will see the message. There is still the option of just the friend to whom the message is destined see it actually.


The FB is, without a doubt, the new fever among Brazilians. The question is whether at some point it will exceed the Orkut leadership. Even being a social network whose adoption started only recently in Brazil, it is important to watch what you post about yourself on the network. There is a Facebook historical disregard the right to privacy, why it is so necessary to use the tools that FB provides to ensure that your information will only be seen by those you choose.

The secret on Facebook is always look for a lock icon. It is from it that the user choose which people will see that information, an update text, picture or whatever. Everyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only and Customize are the options, which greatly facilitates our lives. And it is worth remembering: All means that the entire web can view that information, including search engines. So it’s best to avoid it.


In recent times the microblogging service is confused with social network, since it is common to follow friends on Twitter and discuss ideas without even paying attention to the fact that the entire Internet, without exception, has access to what.

Perhaps the most dangerous of the three service this matter, since it is the best that entices the user to write whatever comes to mind. Have we had us fired after criticizing the company on Twitter, as is increasingly common to know job application through the microblog. Regardless of use, it is good to dose what is said on Twitter.

Unfortunately Twitter does not offer varying levels of information exposure, because it is not a social network itself. Who wants to use microblogging to talk about what it pleases with lower risks being denounced therefore should close your tweets so that only his followers (duly approved one by one) able to see them. It’s easy, just go to settings and select the option that the above figure.

It depends on you

Being cautious is essential so that the information does not leak the big network. Ideally not publish what should not be published. But if you want to risk, at least make good use of the tools that the trendiest services currently offer to protect your privacy.