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Platform Safety


In the ever-growing world of Social Media, sharing platform handles with fellow HEXians is becoming more and more common. While social media is a great way to keep in touch outside the site, there are also some dangers that can come with it. The Social Media staff would like to bring light to these dangers by providing HEXians with a safety lesson each month, focusing on a different topic from month to month.

Each safety lesson will be posted in this thread, so be sure to keep it on watch!

Want to discuss the topics posted with fellow HEXians? Head over here to do so!
 

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Platform Safety Lesson - Personal Information


This month, we will be discussing safety regarding sharing personal information to others through social media.


What is considered "personal" information?

Personal information is considered to be anything that gives away your personal identity. This can include, but is not limited to:

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+ Name
+ Date of birth
+ Social security number (if in the US)
+ Phone number – both home phone or cell phone
+ Home or work address
+ Email address



Why is sharing this information dangerous?

Sharing the above information with others, including posting it online, can put you at a greater risk for identity theft, stalking, or harassment. “Identity thieves can piece together your identity from information that is publicly available about you online, so think about what information you have online that is spread across multiple sites.”

What can I do to protect my personal information?

While all of this may seem scary, the good news is there are plenty of preventative measures you can take to stay safe online!

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+ Make strong passwords on websites, including variations of numbers, symbols and letters to make the password more difficult to crack.
+ Only share your email address with trusted friends and family.
+ Avoid sharing passwords whenever possible.
+ Adjust privacy settings on social media platforms to “control the amount and type of information that you want to share”. Information such as your street address and social security number should never be posted publicly online.
+ Be careful about filling out online forms, especially with whom you share your social security number.
+ Your social security number should never be shared outside of legitimate business purposes, such as for filling out taxes.



Information for this safety lesson is retrieved from this website.
 

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Ravenclaw
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Platform Safety Lesson - Facebook Privacy Settings

For this month, our safety lesson will focus on how you can stay safe on Facebook through using various privacy settings provided to you.

Where can I locate privacy settings on my Facebook profile?

Follow this link for step by step instructions provided by Facebook:

Facebook Privacy Settings


What can I do in the Privacy Setting Tools section of my Privacy Settings?

Here, you can do the following:

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+ Manage who can view your future posts
+ Require that you review posts you are tagged in before they are posted to your page
+ Limit posts you’ve made to Friends of Friends or Public
+ Limit who can send you friend requests
+ Limit who can see your friends list
+ Limit who can look up your profile with the email you use for Facebook
+ Limit who can look up your profile with the phone number you provided to Facebook
+ Manage if you want search engines linked to Facebook to be allowed to link your profile



What other Facebook settings can I filter?

There are plenty of other settings you can have control over! These include:

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+ Timeline, Tagging, and Reviewing posts (You can toggle who you want to view posts on your timeline, who can see posts you are tagged in, review posts you are tagged in before they are posted on your profile, and more)
+ Story Settings (You can disable Facebook users from setting your public posts as their story)
+ Blocking (Allows you to block users and view your list of blocked users, or remove users from your blocked list)
+ Face Recognition (Where you can toggle if you want Facebook to recognize you in photos via facial recognition)
+ Notifications (Put limits on which events on Facebook you receive notification for, such as comments, friend requests, etc.)
+ Public Posts (Allows you to filter who can follow your posts, who can comment on your posts, edit your Facebook username and more)

 

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Platform Safety Lesson - Instagram Privacy Settings

For this month, our safety lesson will focus on how you can stay safe on Instagram by using various privacy settings provided to you.

Where can I locate privacy settings on my Instagram profile?
Follow this link for step by step instructions provided by Instagram.

What can I do in the Interactions section of my Privacy Settings?
Here, you have access to the following settings:
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+ Comments (Block people from commenting on your posts, hide offensive comments, and block comments containing certain words that you manually input.)
+ Tags (Limit who can tag you, or choose to manually approve tags.)
+ Mentions (Limit who can mention [@] you.)
+ Stories (Input users to hide your story from, add people to your close friends list, manage who can reply to your stories, and decide if and how you want your stories to be saved and shared.)
+ Activity Status (Toggle whether other users can see when you were last active on Instagram.)



What can I do in the Connections section of my Privacy Settings?
In this section, the following settings can be adjusted:
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+ Account Privacy (Toggle your account from public to private.)
+ Restricted Accounts (Here you can restrict accounts. This means that they won't be able to see when you're online or have read their messages, and their comments won't appear on your posts unless you've approved them.)
+ Blocked Accounts (View the accounts you have blocked. For more information on blocking and restricting accounts, please visit this page.)
+ Muted Accounts (View the accounts you have muted, meaning that you have chosen not to see their posts and/or stories. For more information on muting accounts, see this page.)
+ Close Friends (Control who is on your close friends list. You can create stories that only your close friends can view.)
+ Accounts you follow (View all the accounts you follow.)



What other Instagram settings can I filter?
Other settings that you can filter include the following:
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+ Security settings (View and manage your login activity, and access data about posts, comments, and more that you have made on Instagram.)
+ Notification settings (Limit which Instagram events you receive notifications for, such as comments, follow requests, etc.)



What account information is viewable about my account when it is public vs. when it is private?
Regardless of whether your account is public or private, everyone can view your name, account handle, bio, and profile picture. It is important to include accurate information and enough information so that friends, family, and other people you know can find your account. However, remember to exercise caution and avoid revealing too much personal information, as discussed in the first lesson.

If your account is public, all Instagram users can view your posts, the posts you are tagged in, your IG TV videos, your current story(ies) and story highlights, your followers, and the accounts you follow.


How can users interact with my account when it is public vs. when it is private?
To interact with your account, other users must first discover it. This can be done in several ways:
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+ Viewing your account in a list of suggested accounts to follow (This is created by comparing your followers/the accounts you follow to those of other accounts and determining if you have mutual friends.)
+ Searching for your account on Instagram's Explore Page (Accessed by tapping the magnifying glass icon.)
+ Viewing your account in a list of an account's followers and/or the users that they follow.
+ Viewing your account in a list of accounts that have liked a post.
+ Seeing your comment on a post.
+ Searching for a hashtag and finding one of your posts with that hashtag.


All of these methods of discovering your account are the same whether your account is public or private, except for the last method, which only works for public accounts. This means that if your account is private, it can still appear in other users' suggested following lists or when searched for on the Explore Page. Additionally, if you follow an account, or let an account follow you, any user who can see that account's followers and people they follow will see your account on those lists. If you like or comment on a post, any user who can view that post can see that you've liked and/or commented on it. However, if you include a hashtag in a post posted on a private account, that post will not appear when searching for that hashtag.

Once people discover your account, they may wish to follow you (meaning that your posts and stories will appear in their feed). If you have a public account, anyone can follow you. If you have a private account, you have to accept a request before they can follow you. You may remove and block followers on both public and private accounts.

Some users may wish to DM you. DM stands for "Direct Message" and is a method of communicating over Instagram similar to texting. No matter if your account is public or private, you must approve requests from all users who you do not follow before they can DM you. However, once you accept their request and/or follow them, they are free to DM you at their discretion. If you wish for an individual to no longer message you, you can block the person's profile through the block settings mentioned above.

Finally, some people may wish to repost your story. A story is a vertically oriented post you can create. When you create one, your profile picture will appear at the top of your followers' feed. They can tap it to view your story, and you have access to a list of all accounts that have viewed your story. Your story automatically disappears after 24 hours, unless you save it as a highlight.

When someone reposts your story, it will appear in a new story that they post. If your account is public, all users who can view the reposter's stories can view this new story. However, if your account is private, only users who follow you and can view the reposter's stories can view the reposted story.
 
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