Part of life as a modern-day athlete is staying in touch with fans and friends through social media.

Make sure that your account is well protected and know what to do if your account is hacked.

You have ultimate control over your social media, so make sure that you have the right settings to filter out any unwanted messages or replies.


But it’s vital that you take precautions online to ensure that you’re getting the best out of social media without exposing yourself to the dangers.

Social media provides you the opportunity to speak directly to your fans whenever you like. When used correctly, this can be a great tool that can help boost your profile, and communicate directly to the world. But it’s vital that you take precautions online to ensure that you’re getting the best out of social media without exposing yourself to the dangers.

Keeping your accounts secure

First and foremost, make sure that the passwords you use for your various social media accounts are all different. If you have the same password for each one, your risk of being hacked across all of your accounts is far greater. And for the password itself, avoid using anything that is identifiable to you, like birthdays or addresses, for example.

Consider using two-factor authentication, too. Each time you try to access your account from a new device, you will have to complete an extra layer of security, but it’s one of the best ways to keep your profile secure.

Finally, you may have a few people managing your page. Ensure that each person has the correct admin role (some may only need editorial or advertiser responsibilities, for example), so that you are aware of who can access what.

Take control

On social media, there are a wide variety of features you can put to use to help control the content you see. This doesn’t only apply to accounts you follow and posts that appear on your feed, but also to your replies and message requests.

You have the choice of whether you want to allow other social media users to message you directly, and you can also choose to filter out potentially offensive or unwanted messages. You also have the option of managing who can comment on your posts, for example if you want to keep it so that only accounts you follow can interact with you.

Report abuse

As in real life, harassment and bullying can occur from time to time online. If you’re being harassed, do not hesitate to report any abuse you receive, and if required, reach out to law enforcement.

Don’t forget that social media is there to provide you with positive interactions with your community. Take the time to protect your account and customise your settings so that you’re getting the best out of your online experience.

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