Stop Sharing Your Location On Facebook And Twitter

Did you realise that every status update you post on Facebook, or tweet you output on Twitter, may be giving your physical location away?

Each time you hit that enter key a geotag may be telling your friends, followers, random stranger and potential burglars exactly where you are at that point in time.

If you don’t think that sounds too clever then you can stop it happening quite simply –

Protect your location on Facebook

Preventing your location data from appearing on Facebook is dead simple.

If you take a look at the image below you’ll see a placemarker at the bottom, just to the right of the clock icon. Click on this and you’ll see if a location is specified, i.e. East Ham in my case. Over to the right, just above Post you’ll see an ‘X‘. Click on that and no location will be published when you post your update.

Facebook location

Protect your location on Facebook

Things are slightly different with Twitter but no more complicated.

Click on the cog icon that you will see at the top right hand side of your screen to open up the small drop down menu that you can see below.

settings

From here click on Settings to get into your Account area.

If you then scroll down the page a little you will see a section based around your Tweet location, as shown in the following image.

Twitter location

If the tick box here is checked then you are sharing your location with your tweets. Quite obviously you need to untick the box in order to stop this for future status updates.

Additionally, a handy feature here that you may wish to take advantage of, is the ability to delete location information from all the tweets you’ve put out in the past – as it says, click on Delete all location information and then wait for up to half an hour.

Simple huh?

Now learn to how to stop other websites knowing too much about your physical location.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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