While the internet has provided many opportunities for women, it can also be a space where many feel unsafe due to harassment that is all too common. On social media platforms, harassment and safety are a top concern for women. From strangers messaging on Facebook to spam comments on Instagram photos, there are various problems women face when browsing social media. Ahead of Women’s Day 2021, here are Facebook and Instagram safety tips to stay safe on both platforms.
Tips to keep your account safe on Facebook
2-factor authentication and bypassing unacknowledged logins
This is important to ensure that your account is not compromised or that no one else accesses it. Facebook recommends that you do not share your profile password with anyone, and ‘Two Factor Authentication’ is an additional layer of security. Women can also enable ‘Unrecognized Login Alerts’ to keep track of any unauthorized login.
To enable two-factor authentication, go to Settings> Security & Login> Use Two-Factor Authentication> Edit> Enable> Close.
To configure login alerts, go to Settings> Security & Login> Receive alerts about unrecognized logins> Edit> Choose alert types (example email alerts)> Save changes. You can also set up two-factor authentication on Instagram to keep that account safe.
Block your profile for outsiders
If you are concerned about strangers, access to your profile, and theft of photos that are publicly viewable, locking your profile is important from a security perspective. When you lock your profile, anyone other than your Facebook friend will no longer be able to access any photos or posts on your timeline. This also means that they won’t be able to download them either.
Open the Facebook mobile app, tap on your profile, and tap on the three-dot menu icon next to ‘Add to story’.
Touch the Lock profile option and touch OK.
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Choose who sees what on your Facebook timeline
When you update your status or post photos on Facebook, you can restrict the audience by relying on the “Audience selector” tool. Facebook lets you choose to share with everyone, which means that it is publicly available, or you can share only with your friends or even with a select group of friends.
While posting, below your name, you will see the ‘Audience Selector’ option.
Click on it and choose which audience you would like your post to be visible to.
You can also change the settings after publishing. Tap at the top right of the post, edit the post’s privacy settings, and select a new audience.
Tips to be safe on Instagram
Keep your Insta account private
If privacy and security are a concern on Instagram, then it is better to switch to a private account. Only those who are approved can follow your account and must request to view your account. Your content is visible only to approved followers. Private accounts also allow users to decide who can comment on their post. Also, user can disable “Show activity status” so that their friends cannot see when they are online.
Follow these steps to make the account private:
# Go to your profile page on Instagram.
#Tap in the upper right corner, then tap the setting, which has four lines.
#Tap Privacy, then touch Account privacy.
#Tap next to Private account to make your account private.
Share Insta-Stories with close friends
Women can create a ‘Close Friends’ list and share their ‘Story’ only with the people on this list. You can add and remove people from this list at any time. Instagram doesn’t notify people when they are added or removed from this list.
This is an important tool to ensure that comments that are offensive or that are intended to intimidate or harass are filtered out. The app has created filters that automatically remove offensive words and phrases and bullying comments. However, you can also create your own list of words or emojis, which you don’t want to appear.
Just go to “Filters” in the Comment Controls section. Go to Settings> Privacy.
Then tap on Comments and you will see the Filters option. Turn on the manual filters. Now you can add words, phrases that will be filtered from comments. In addition, you can also filter the most reported words.
Block anyone you don’t want to see your posts
Even if you don’t have a private account, you can still block those who abuse the platform. To block an account, navigate to that account’s profile, open the “…” menu in the upper right corner and tap “Block user”.
You can restrict someone from posting to your profile. You can swipe left on a comment and you will see options to Report a comment, Restrict or Block. When you restrict someone, comments on your posts from a person that you have restricted will only be visible to that person. You will not receive comment notifications from a restricted account.
Controls in direct messages
Sexual harassment in direct messages or DM is a common problem. But you can always restrict who can message you via direct messages or DM. If you have a private account, only those who follow you can send messages. Anyone else will have to submit a request. You can choose not to accept or block unwanted requests in your direct messages.