The best settings to protect your account from cybercriminals, hateful people and spam.
Every day millions of people all over the world watch short format mobile videos on TikTok and share their own productions. Some do it to be creative and sociable, while others seek to make themselves known. Like any online community, TikTok is not just a platform for trendy bloggers and their fans. It is also the favorite haunt of hateful people, spammers and scammers. We show you how to configure security and privacy settings to protect your account.
TikTok security settings
Let’s start with the most important thing: protecting yourself from cybercriminals. To view the security settings available to TikTok, you must enter Me and then touch the three dots at the top right of your screen. The settings you need can be found in the Manage my account section.
Can I use two-factor authentication with TikTok?
There are many services and social networks that help users protect their accounts to prevent passwords from being stolen. Enabling two-factor authentication adds an additional layer of protection. If you are using 2FA in addition to your password, then the app needs a one-time code that is sent to you via SMS, for example.
TikTok does not offer this option. It is only possible to Log in with a verification code. In this case, TikTok sends you a one-time code via SMS. Nothing to do with two-factor authentication. This code does not complete your password but replaces it. If you have the code, you just need to enter it to log into your account without needing a password.
This solution is far from perfect since the codes sent by SMS do not offer effective protection. At least TikTok’s approach is going to protect you if someone gets your password. Without this code, no one can connect to an unknown device. Another thing: unlink your TikTok account from your phone number if you think about changing it.
If you log in through Facebook, or any other social network, TikTok will not send you anything. The application simply trusts other services. Make sure your Facebook account is well protected.
How to turn off password saving
TikTok remembers your username and password by default. It is convenient. You are the only person using your phone, aren’t you? If this is the case, you can deactivate this function by opening the Manage my account section and then Save connection information.
How to tell if someone is using your TikTok account
Let’s say you’ve signed into your account on someone else’s device and forgot to sign out. Or you are worried that your account has been hacked. You can easily check if someone else is using your TikTok account.
· Enter Manage Devices to see the phones from which you are logged into TikTok.
· Disconnect devices you are not using by selecting the trash can icon next to the corresponding template and choose Remove.
· Change your password for security reasons.
TikTok privacy settings
By default, everyone can see your TikTok profile. Strangers can find your account, view your videos, and leave comments. Tighten up your privacy settings if you’re sick of receiving spam and offensive messages, or if you just prefer not to share your videos with just anyone. To do this, enter Me on the Home screen, tap the three dots at the top right, then open Privacy & Security.
How to keep your profile private on TikTok
If you don’t plan on becoming famous on TikTok, and just want to share videos with your friends, then you can make your account private so that only verified subscribers can see your videos and likes. All you need to do is go to the Discoverability section and activate the Private account option.
Existing subscribers are automatically validated and can see your videos. This function is similar to Instagram’s private profile. If that doesn’t suit you, you can always remove unwanted subscribers from your (Me) profile.
Remember, even if your account is private, all TikTok users can view your profile description. Do not post certain unnecessary personal information, such as your address or phone number.
How to prevent your profile from appearing in recommendations
By default, TikTok recommends your profile to other users if its algorithm considers your videos to be of interest to them or thinks you might know yourself. Even private accounts can appear in recommendations. This can happen when, for example, you have mutual friends with another user or if the person has your phone number.
If you want to avoid appearing in recommendations, prevent the app from inviting others to follow you. To do this, turn off the Allow others to find me feature in the privacy settings.
How to get rid of offensive comments and spam
Unfortunately some users have bad intentions. Some are on TikTok to bombard you with ads or slurs.
To prevent the comments of your videos from becoming horrible, there are some restrictions you can put in place. The most effective method is to block strangers so that they cannot comment on your videos. In the Who can post comments section, select Friends or Off.
TikTok also lets you turn off comments for a particular video. You need to open the video, tap the three dots at the bottom right and select Privacy settings. Choose Disable comments for this video on the settings page that opens.
On the other hand, if you want your viewers to be able to freely comment on your videos but don’t want to manually delete spam and insulting messages, try setting up a keyword filter. Here’s how to do it:
· Select Comment Filters.
· Enable Filter spam and offensive comments. This is TikTok’s automatic moderator.
· Choose Keyword Filter and add the words and phrases you don’t want to see in your videos. The robot will hide the comments containing them.
How to deactivate the Duo function on Tik-Tok
One of TikTok’s specialties is the possibility of making duets (by associating the videos of other users with yours) and of reacting (video response to content published by others). By default, any TikTok user can use a video they like and use it to pair or post a reaction. If your videos help someone express their creativity, that’s fine.
The problem is, trolls can use this feature to attack you. You can block strangers and prevent them from pairing or reacting to your videos. Choose Friends or Off for the Who can Duet with you and Who can react to your videos functions.
Do you like people to use your videos to duet or react but don’t want them to use that video of you singing in a bar? No problem. You can block the use of a particular video. To do this, open it, tap the three dots at the bottom right and select Privacy settings. Choose Disable Duets / Reactions for this video on the settings page that opens.
How to delete spam received by private message on TikTok
If anyone can send you a private message on TikTok then your account may be flooded with advertisements or invitations. To get rid of spam, you can block all incoming messages, or allow only your friends to contact you. You need to go to the Who can message you section and choose Friends or Off.
How to prevent your videos from being stolen on TikTok
Another TikTok feature allows you to download videos from other users. This feature allows you to easily save the videos you like, but it also allows weird TikTok users to steal your videos and post them, for example, to YouTube as if they were their own. You can turn off this feature to make it impossible to use your videos. Open the settings and select Disabled in the Allow download part.
How to block annoying notifications on TikTok
Like any social network, TikTok is always looking to grab your attention. By default, the app keeps you informed of everything that happens: comments, likes, new videos, and recommendations. Do you no longer want to receive all these notifications? You can deactivate the ones that do not interest you in the account settings:
· Enter Me on the home screen.
· Tap the three dots icon at the top right.
· Select Push notifications.
· Disable events that do not interest you.
Otherwise, you can turn off all TikTok notifications in your device settings. If you are using Android:
· Open the phone settings.
· Choose Notifications.
· Browse the list of applications.
· Find TikTok and turn off notifications.
· Open your phone settings.
· Go to Action Center.
· Find TikTok in the Apps screen and turn off notifications.
How to block users on TikTok
If a TikTok user is bugging you and you no longer want to see them or let them comment on your videos, then block them.
· Open the profile in question.
· Tap the three dots icon at the top right.
· Select Block.
· Then CONFIRM.
How to Make Your TikTok Videos Private
Sometimes you don’t want to post your videos right away. You might want to edit the video later or add some filters or functions. You may have made a video as a personal souvenir. TikTok lets you make videos that no one else except you (or you and your friends) can see.
For a new video:
· After uploading the video, select Who can view my video from the Post screen.
· Select Friends (if you want them to be able to see it) or Private (if not).
For a video already published:
· Open the video.
· Tap the three dots icon at the bottom right.
· Select Privacy settings.
· Touch Who can watch my video and select Friends or Private.
Don’t forget to configure the privacy and security settings of other social networks
Now that your TikTok account is well protected, you need to think about the security of the other accounts you have.
How to Protect Your TikTok Account
Unfortunately, it is not used TikTok Some powerful security features like two-factor authentication. However, you can protect your TikTok account and make it more secure by adding the verification code and changing some of its settings. Overall, here’s how to protect a TikTok account.