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FAL 2018

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DW Life > 48 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N Fa l l 2 0 1 8 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m has experienced a password breach. Ear- lier this year, it was revealed that politi- cal consulting firm Cambridge Analytica harvested raw data from 87 million Face- book profiles. Ramsey, who does marketing for her family's commercial properties, and Julie Beall, a wellness and business strategy consultant, are among the 13 percent of social media users who have had some- one take over one of their social media accounts. Beall manages the Instagram account for her local animal hospital in Springboro, Ohio. e account usually features photos of the hospital's canine patients. But in early June, the account was hacked. "We were notified at 1:30 a.m. that somebody was messing with the account," Beall says. "e hacker had sent out hun- dreds of emails from our account with job opportunities, and at some point Yahoo ISTOCKPHOTO R eview your privacy settings on every social media app and platform you use on a regular basis, as policies and steps are always changing. Here are some of the many steps you can take to protect your privacy on Facebook. After you've logged in, click the downward triangle at the top right-hand corner, the same icon you select to log out. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. In the left column on the General Ac- count Settings page, click on "Privacy." Choose "Friends" for "Who can see future posts?"; "Who can see your friends list?"; and who can find you through the email address and phone number you're using for Facebook. You can also change the settings so that previously public posts are now private. Clicking "Limit Past Posts" means the only people who can see them are your Facebook friends. You have the ability to restrict and block other Facebook users from seeing you and your activity, or tag- ging you. In the left column on the settings page, choose "Blocking." In the "Block users" section, you can fill in the name or email address of anyone you wish to block. On this page, you can also block messages, apps, and other features. The "Activity Log"—includ- ed in the drop-down menu above "Settings"—enables you to see who is including you (tagging you) in their posts. If you don't want a post to appear in your timeline, you can hide it—but it will still ap- pear elsewhere on Facebook. If you don't want it on Facebook at all, you may need to ask the poster to remove it. You can do a "Privacy Checkup" anytime by clicking the question mark next to the downward triangle. A pop- up box will walk you through selections for "Choose Audi- ence" (select "Friends") and "Profile" ("Only me" means no one will see your email address, birthdate, current city, and work history). As the final step, you can adjust the set- tings for apps and websites— removing them or restricting who can see those you use and thereby have access to your Facebook profile. (Better yet, when you download an app, don't link it to your Face- book page in the first place.) Lastly, you can access, even download, all the information you ever created on Facebook, plus view all the advertisers who have access to your data. Get ready to go down the rab- bit hole.—VL realized they weren't legitimate and shut the account down. e stranger who hacked the account changed the profile photo but never posted other new pictures. Rather, it ap- peared his only interest was to use the as- sociated email address and contact list to spam the hospital's customers. It took almost three weeks for Beall to regain control of the account—and despite multiple attempts to contact Instagram for OK, you scared me. What should I do? Privacy and Facebook

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