Is Keeping Your Social Media Private Still Important?

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Do you ever feel like if you talk about a product loud enough next to your computer you will get a targeted ad for it within the next hour?

People around the world are beginning to believe that you can merely think about a product without engaging with it online and an advertisement for that product would appear. 

Are digital advertisements developing a sixth sense?

Keeping our information private from strangers is something that has been instilled into our minds from a young age. But, we need to ask ourselves.. 

Is keeping your social media private still important? 

The short answer is: yes. 

You should keep your social media private.

As technology and social media dominate society, it can be easy to forget that uninvited strangers may have access to this data via our social platforms without our knowledge.

Most of us are aware that they can bombard us with ads based on previous websites, links or organizations that we have searched. But many people would be surprised by the numerous things that third-parties can do with your data. 

Do you know what types of information should be protected?

  • Your home address
  • Your phone number
  • The name of your school/ university
  • Your location
  • Business information
  • Company registration number
  • Medical information 
  • Passwords
  • Photographs of families and friends
  • Anything you wouldn’t want to share with those whom you are not close to

Data sharing can also be very dangerous if the information is passed onto a wide range of people. For example, one case of identity theft occurs every three seconds. 

No one wants to be a victim of identity theft. 

Fewer people realize that those who obtain this information can shape our lives without us even realizing. Sites can track the movement of your mouse, the duration of time that you look at a particular photo and even messages that you type out but don’t end up sending! 

Current algorithms are so advanced that they can use all of this information to provide links and pictures which they think will interest you, slowly changing your opinions towards particular companies or businesses in order for them to gain profit.

Why should we keep this information private?

Privacy is in fact a human right. As dictated in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948, Article 12: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”

Did you know that more than 50% of drivers sync their smartphones to their cars AND 80% of drivers don’t remove personal information before selling their car?

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO describes keeping social media private as an outdated, archaic concept. Despite the opinions of such big names, online security is hugely important and here’s why.

  • Prevent identity theft 
  • Prevent fraudulent financial transactions
  • Avoid employability problems
  • Minimise annoying targeted advertisements
  • Avoid being the target of threats
  • Protect yourself in terms of legal issues
  • Your data could be hacked and misused

Social media doesn’t have to be the devil. 

At Fourview our priority is to keep your data protected, safe and private. 

The Hawthorne effect illustrates that people will make more of an effort to behave in an appropriate way when they feel as though they are being watched or monitored. When using Fourview, being watched is not something you need to worry about. 

You are free to be yourself and use social media sensibly without those niggling questions bouncing around in your head. 

Can somebody see what I’m reading?

Is someone going to have access to the data I post?

Just because someone thinks he has nothing to hide, your data is yours and should be protected in any way possible. We are different and we care. We put you and your social network privacy first. You should too. 

Whether you are an influencer wanting to monetize your content and original work, a charitable organization looking to acquire donors or a social butterfly who just wants to share family photos with the guarantee that this data will be private, Fourview can promise that your information remains safe from strangers and will not be sourced by computer goblins to overload you with advertisements. 

Your data will not be shared or sold to any advertisers or any third parties who aren’t our service providers. 

Be part of the change regarding online privacy and take charge of your data protection.

Stay engaged whilst staying secure. Join Fourview.

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