How the top social networks compare on privacy -- in one handy chart

Not all privacy settings are created equal. Here’s an in-depth look at what Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ offer users.

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Automatically supports a secure connection

Facebook: Facebook automatically supports a secure connection. You cannot opt out of this.

Twitter: Twitter automatically supports a secure connection. You cannot opt out of this.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn does not automatically support a secure connection. To enable this: Privacy & Settings > Account > Settings > Manage security settings. Check the box below "Secure connection," then click Done.

Google+: Google+ automatically supports a secure connection. You cannot opt out of this.

Control connected applications

Facebook: To review which applications you've granted access to your account, visit Settings > Apps. To remove an app you no longer use, hover over it and click the X to delete it.

Twitter: Settings > Apps. Click Revoke Access next to the apps you wish to remove.

LinkedIn: Privacy & Settings > Groups, Companies & Applications > Applications > View your applications. Check the box next to the ones you'd like to delete, then click Remove.

Google+: Settings > Apps & activities > Manage apps & applications. To review and remove applications for your entire Google Account, visit your Account Permissions page.

Limit data sharing with third-party apps

Facebook: Visit Settings > Apps. Hover over the application and click the pencil icon to view and edit the data you share with it. Then click Save.

Twitter: You cannot limit the information you share with applications.

LinkedIn: You cannot limit the information you share with applications.

Google+: You cannot limit the information you share with applications.

Turn off location tracking

Facebook: For iOS devices, go to Settings, then tap Privacy > Location Services. Scroll to find Facebook, then adjust the settings. For Android, go to your phone's Settings > Location services, then turn off "Access to my location." You may lose access to some Facebook features if you turn off location services.

Twitter: From the desktop, visit Settings > Security and privacy > Privacy > Tweet location. Click Save Changes at the bottom.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn does not support location services.

Google+: Settings > Location Settings > Uncheck the box next to Enable Location Sharing. Be sure to review "Who can see your Pinpoint location" and "Who can see your City location" in this section as well.

Delete location information

Facebook: Visit your Activity Log > Location History. You may need to click More on the left-side navigation to find it. Then, click Clear Location History at the top or remove individual posts.

Twitter: Settings > Security and privacy > Privacy > Tweet location > Delete all location information.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn does not support location services.

Google+: Settings > Photos and Videos. Uncheck the box next to "Show geolocation by default on newly shared albums." More on managing location information here. 

Manage advertising

Facebook: Hover over an ad in your Facebook feed and click the drop-down menu. From here, you can remove it from your feed or hide all ads from that particular company. To view and manage your ad preferences, which determine the types of ads you see, select "Why am I seeing this?" from the menu, then click "Manage Your Ad Preferences." This page will let you add and remove advertisers based on category.

Twitter: You cannot manage the ads that appear in your feed.

LinkedIn: You cannot manage the ads that appear in your feed.

Google+: You cannot manage the ads that appear in your feed.

Opt out of all advertising

Facebook: You cannot opt out of all advertising on Facebook, but you can opt out of social ads. These ads may indicate that you've liked a page. To opt out, visit Settings > Ads > Ads and Friends. Next to "Pair my social actions with ads for," choose "No one."

Twitter: You cannot opt out of all advertising on Twitter. You can turn off tailored ads, which will prevent Twitter from matching your account to information shared by ad partners. Settings > Security and privacy > Privacy > Promoted content. Uncheck the box and click Save.

LinkedIn: You cannot opt out of all advertising on LinkedIn. You can disable the use of cookies and similar technologies on third-party sites that target ads: Privacy & Settings > Account > Privacy Controls > Manage Advertising Preferences.

Google+: You cannot opt out of all advertising on Google+ or throughout your Google Account, but you can opt out of interest-based ads. See the Ads Help page for more on how to opt out and what it does and doesn't do. 

Request an archive of your data

Facebook: Settings > General. At the bottom of the page, click "Download a copy of your Facebook data."

Twitter: Settings > Account > Content > Your Twitter archive.

LinkedIn: Privacy & Settings > Account > Helpful Links > Request an archive of your data.

Google+: You need to use Google Takeout to download your Google+ data. More on how to do that here.

Delete your account

Facebook: Follow the instructions in Facebook's Help Center to permanently delete your Facebook account.

Twitter: Settings > Account. At the bottom of the page, click Deactivate my account. This puts your account in a queue for permanent deletion.

LinkedIn: Privacy & Settings > Account > Helpful Links > Close your account.

Google+: Settings > Disable Google+.

This story, "How the top social networks compare on privacy -- in one handy chart" was originally published by ITworld.

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