It’s Time to Clean Up Your Facebook, Twitter and More

Security & Privacy

Hopefully you have some time to get away this summer. But before you, we think now is an excellent time to clean up your online accounts.

1. Change your passwords on your most important accounts.
It’s good password hygiene to update your passwords at least a couple of times a year. If you haven’t updated the passwords on your most important accounts, do that now.

Remember to use different passwords for all of your accounts that matter. Need help remembering strong passwords for all your accounts? We suggest this system.

2. Clean out the apps you aren’t using on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
If you’re an active user you’ve probably given third-parties access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts to get the benefits of different applications. Now is a great time to erase any apps you aren’t using.

On Facebook:
Go to the down arrow in the upper right hand corner, and select “Account Settings”. On the left side of the next screen select “Apps” and click the “X” on the far right next to any app you do not use. If you’re not sure if you use it, feel free to click the “X” because you can always add it again later.

On Twitter:
Under “Settings”, go to Apps. Click “Revoke Access” next to any app you aren’t using. You can also add any app you miss back later.

3. Close down any accounts you aren’t using.
Did you join Classmates.com? How long has it been since you’ve been there? If there is an online account you started and do not use, the smart move is to close it down before your information is sold to another service you never intended to sign up for. Some services purposely make closing an account difficult. In that case, just erase as much of the information as you possibly can.

Ahh, doesn’t that feel better? Now you’re ready to enjoy your Midsummer.

All the best to you and yours,
Anna

[CC image by darkismus]

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Thanks for the tips. Speaking of classmates, how on earth do I do that? I tried to delete info before and I couldn’t.

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