Social media has gotten a bad reputation for poorly handling sensitive information of their users online. A Harvard student was able to create an app that could pinpoint the exact locations of your Facebook friends, exploiting privacy flaws in Facebook. According to Search Engine Watch, social media privacy is “A Perfect Storm of Social Engineering and Bad Programming.”
With that in mind, here are a few social media alternatives that work to protect your privacy. These options allow you to share your photos and updates with friends and family while still ensuring complete online security.
Digital Trends article, Parents can privately share pictures of kids with new Sherish app, talks about Sherish, a completely private photo sharing, storage and organization app that allows users to upload photos to an unlimited storage account. Photos can be accessed from any device as long as you can log in to Sherish, so your photo library will be safe even if you lose a phone or break a laptop. Users can share photos via SMS, email or in-app, and if they change their mind can revoke viewing permissions so you remain in control of your photos even after you share them.
Yoursphere is a safe social networking site for kids, which requires parents to submit a background check for identity verification before activating a child’s account. The site is only open to kids ages 9 to 17 and has games, a virtual world, and a credit system for positive interactions. The strict membership rules ensure squeaky clean content and all sign ups are vetted against a database of registered sex offenders.
This social site combines networking with music for kids 8 to 12. All music is pre-screened by parents and the site has games, quests, videos, a virtual world to explore and both safety and education. This online game allows users to create a character and walk around the city of Franktown to play with other characters. It’s also totally free, but has ads scattered throughout the site.
What social media alternatives do you use to keep your family safe? Let us know in the comments below!