Sharing your content safely online

Ryan: Hi, my name is Karen Ryan, an AARP member. Many people have questions about how to share online information with others. So I asked Google expert Maile Ohye to help us understand. Maile?

Ohye: Because the Internet connects people so quickly and storage is often free, it’s ideal for sharing email, photos, and blog posts with family and friends.

Online sharing allows you to take a photo one minute in California and let your sister or grandchild see it the next minute in New York. Many online services have sharing controls. They’ll let you choose how much or how little information you share online and with whom. Since all services have different sharing controls and different settings, it’s important to understand the sharing controls for the service that you’re using before you post any personal information with that service online.

Learning how to set up these controls means that your personal information and photos are only visible to people you’d like to share them with, like your friends and family. For example, if you use AARP’s photo-sharing service, you can use sharing controls to manage who you share your photos with. Say you went to a family reunion and you only want to share your photos with your friends and family.

How do you do this? Well, every time you add a photo, you’ll be asked to select who you’d like to share the photo with. You can choose to make the photo public, which means that anyone can see your photo. If you choose Private, only you can see that photo. Or you can choose to share your photo with your friends, which means that only your circle of AARP online community friends can view your photo. You can change this setting at any time.

If, for example, you select Friends Only for your family reunion photos, but later decide that you want to change it to Private, simply click on that photo and locate the Photo Details box on the right-hand side. Then use the drop-down menu to modify the privacy level.

Ryan: Thanks, Maile. I hope these tips help you understand online sharing controls. Thanks for reading.

Sharing your content safely online

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