Social networks

Social media is a great way to keep in contact with the people you care about. But the profiles you create and the information you share on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube can reveal a lot of personal details. Consider your digital footprints and learn how to protect yourself online.


Tips for protecting your privacy


Circles of trust

Maintain networks with people you know, but be wary of people you don’t. Unfortunately there are many fraudsters online, looking for ways to connect and learn your personal information to gain access to your accounts.

  • Be selective about who you connect with.
  • Use privacy controls to determine who can see your posts and information. On some networks, you can restrict posts exclusively to certain groups, such as family or close friends.
  • Nothing you post on social networks is completely private. If you don’t want everyone to see what you’ve posted, it probably doesn’t belong on social media.
  • Be careful about putting personal information such as your home address, phone number or account details on public forums and social networks.


Social networks use tagging that can identify you in a post, photo or status update, such as a friend sharing a photo of you and ‘tagging’ you in it. You can set up alerts to notify you when this happens and stay in control of your privacy and reputation.

‘Geo-tagging’ is another feature that some social networks offer, attaching location data to your posts. Before accepting geo-tagging ask yourself:

  • Does the service really need to know where you are to be useful?
  • Could there be other consequences from revealing where you are or where you spend your time?
  • Is it wise to get tagged while on holiday, if your home address can be found online? (I.e. advertising to the world that no one is home.)


Safe browsing habits

  • Use a strong password with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Use different passwords for all your social networks.
  • Don’t use the same passwords that you use for online banking.
  • Be wary of and don’t click on unusual social posts, such as a post from a friend recommending a website they wouldn’t normally be interested in.
  • Sign out of your social network account when using a public computer.
  • Hover your mouse over links presented in social posts to make sure they direct to a site you trust.

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding Bankwest security or privacy please contact us immediately.

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