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Protecting Your Identity And Location On Social Media

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WMDT 47 News - Worried someone has been in your social media account without you knowing?  You're not alone.  According to a 2011 study, more than 600,000 Facebook accounts alone are hacked every day.  That only about only 0.06% of the billion-plus Facebook accounts, but the number is still shocking.

While having a strong password is an important first line of defense, Facebook has a way for users to see when and where an account has been used.

One of our reporters discovered her account had been accessed within the past week in parts of the country she hadn't visited in months.

This may not necessarily mean you've been hacked.  Facebook says they can only show approximate locations, but if you think someone's been wrongfully in your account, here's what you do.

Go into your security settings and click the "login notifications" tap.

This will let Facebook either email or text you if someone is trying to get into your account from a device you haven't used before.

Then, you can choose "login approvals," making a security code a mandatory step whenever you login from a web browser you haven't used before (for step-by-step instructions, CLICK HERE).

In the "active accounts" section, end any sessions you think aren't you, and change your password.

The downside is this does create a few extra steps and a little more time when you're trying to get into your Facebook account, but for many people, the added sense of security is worth it.

Also, a warning for Twitter users.  It's the micro-blogging site is great for minute-by-minute updates, but if you're not careful, you may find yourself sharing more than you think.

Most smart-phones have built-in GPS software, which some maps and weather apps use to pin-point your location, but if you forget to turn off the locator option on social media apps like Twitter, or Instagram, you could be unknowingly telling everyone who follows you, exactly where you are at any given moment.

If you've been mistakenly sending out our location, the good news is, there's a simple way to keep your location out of tweets, without having to delete the posts.

On the desktop version of Twitter, click "settings." Scroll down to "Tweet location" and uncheck the box.  Then click the "Delete all location information" button, and your location is now private.


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