Online Privacy

Online privacy is important. Woman demonstrating silence.

Online privacy is always important and, possibly even more so, if you are the target of cyberbullying or online harassment.

To protect yourself as best as possible:

  • Keep private information private. 
    • Full birthdate
    • Current location
    • Home address
    • Phone number
    • Vacation plans
    • Embarrassing photos or information
  • On all public social media accounts, think twice before posting personal content.
  • Adults, do not tag your underage children or your friends’ underage children in public posts.
  • On personal Facebook pages, keep your post privacy set to friends only or use a custom setting of friends with exclusions.
  • Consider turning off other people’s ability to post on your pages.
  • If you want to keep your online behavior private, do not like or comment on other accounts’ posts that are public.

Reputation Defender shares the following steps to help you further protect your online privacy:

  • Regularly review social media privacy settings
  • Limit past posts on Facebook
  • Be wary of completing questionnaires
  • Limit the information you share in surveys
  • Locate your online information and opt out
  • Request to have information removed
  • Enable add-ons to stop tracking

Explore more online privacy tips from Reputation Defender.

During her experience with cyberstalking and harassment, Lisa-Michelle Kucharz learned more about the importance of reviewing her online privacy and practical steps to managing it, along with other valuable tips to stay safe online. Discover cyberbullying and online harassment resources, programs, articles, books, speakers, and more.