Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web How to Hide From Your Online Creepers By Andy O'Donnell Writer Andy O'Donnell, MA, is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a senior security engineer who is active in internet and network security. our editorial process Andy O'Donnell Updated July 14, 2019 Dennis Lane/Getty Images Around the Web How to Get a VPN Tweet Share Email They lurk in the shadows of the Internet: the creeper. You often discover them when they like a Facebook post you made like 2 years ago, which means they’ve been going through your timeline history with a fine-toothed comb. They follow you on Instagram and Twitter. You may know your creeper well, barely know them, or you might not know them at all. Your creeper might be completely harmless, perhaps following your every move online is like their version of watching a reality TV show. Who knows why creepers creep? Maybe your creeper hasn’t crossed the line into Stalkerville yet, but they still make you really uncomfortable. Facebook Creepers Social media sites such as Facebook are the ultimate high for creepers. Facebook lets them see your thoughts, photos and videos of you, and, in many cases, your current and past location. What else could they possibly want? If you want to reduce the available amount of information that a creeper can see, you should visit your Facebook privacy settings and start to lock things down a bit. Instagram Creepers Instagram is another great resource for creepers who want to view a lot of photos of you and whatever you're doing with your life. Depending on your privacy settings on Instagram, you could have thousands of unknown creeper followers keeping tabs on you with their creepy little eyeballs. Consider reviewing and purging your Instagram followers list to remove any creepers. After you’ve thinned out the creeper herd, it may be time to make another big change to your Instagram account: enabling Private Mode. Instagram has two different privacy modes that you can adopt. You can allow anyone and everyone to follow you in Public mode, or you can be more selective about who can see your posts by enabling Private Account Mode and restricting their visibility. Parents may also have to police their children's accounts. Twitter Creepers Twitter also has some privacy issues because of its generally open nature. Again, followers can find your public tweets and start following you (if your privacy settings allow). You really have to decide your risk tolerance level when choosing whether to use Twitter’s privacy settings. You also will probably want to disable the Tweet Location feature so that you don’t give up your location when you post a tweet. Online Dating Creepers Online dating can open the door to all kinds of potential creepers. You’re basically putting yourself out there and letting people know all kinds of things about you. It’s a difficult balancing act, letting people know things about you without providing them with too much personal information. Keep information in your dating profile as general as possible. Don’t list anything specific such as the company you work for or the school you went to, as this may help a creeper find out more details about you via search engines. You should remove geotags from any pictures you post to your dating profile as this information might help a creeper locate you. Lastly, consider a different email address specifically for all your dating-related email. This will help prevent them from looking you up on Facebook (as long as you don’t have it associated with your Facebook account in any way). You may want to use a virtual phone number such as a Google Voice number for the same reason.