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How to protect your TikTok account

How to turn off duets in TikTok
One of TikTok’s specialties is the ability to create duets (combine other users’ videos with your own) and reactions (video responses to others’ videos). By default, any TikToker can take a clip they like and use it in a duet or post a reaction. If your clip inspires someone to be creative, that’s cool.

The problem is that trolls can use the feature to attack you. You can block strangers from making duets and reactions based on your videos by tapping Who can Duet with you and Who can React to your videos, and in both settings select Friends or Off.

Are you generally in favor of duets and reactions, just not of that video of you singing in a bar? No problem: You can block the use of a specific clip. To do so, open it, tap the three dots at the bottom right, and select Privacy settings. On the page that opens, tap Turn off duet/react for this video.

How to remove spam from private messages in TikTok
If your private messages in TikTok are open to everyone, then anyone can flood your account with ads or invitations to follow them. To get rid of annoying spam, you can block incoming messages altogether or allow only friends to send them. To do so, go to Who can send you messages and select Friends or Off.

How to prevent video theft in TikTok
Another TikTok feature lets you download other people’s videos. On the upside, it’s a convenient way to save videos you like. But sneaky TikTokers can steal your megaclips and post them as their own, say, on YouTube. To make it considerably harder to steal your videos you can disable this option. To do so, go to settings and for Allow download select Off.

How to block annoying notifications in TikTok
Like any social network, TikTok lives for your attention. By default, the app keeps you informed of every little thing that happens: likes, comments, new videos, recommendations. Annoyed by endless notifications? If so, turn off those you don’t want in the account settings:
• Select Me on the home screen.
• Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
• Select Push notifications.
• Deselect events that you do not wish to be notified about.

Alternatively, you can turn off all TikTok notifications in the device settings.

To do so in Android:
• Open your phone settings.
• Select Apps & notifications.
• Go to Notifications.
• Scroll down to the list of apps.
• Find TikTok in the list of apps and disable notifications from it.

In iOS:
• Open your phone settings.
• Go to Notifications.
• Find TikTok in the list of apps and disable notifications from it.

How to block users in TikTok
If a fellow TikToker gets on your nerves and you do not want them to see or comment on your videos, block them.

To do so:
• Open their profile.
• Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
• Select Block.

How to make TikTok videos private
Clips are not always ready for posting straight away. You might want to touch up a video later or try out some filters and features. Or maybe you shot a video purely as a personal memento. TikTok lets you make the clip visible only to you (or you and your friends).

For a new video:
• After uploading the video, tap Who can view this video on the Post screen.
• Select Friends (if you want them to see it) or Private (if you don’t).

For video you already posted:
• Open the video.
• Tap the three-dot icon at the bottom right.
• Select Privacy settings.
• Tap Who can view this video and select Friends or Private.

Remember to configure privacy and security in other social networks
Now that your TikTok account is reliably protected, it’s time to think about the security of your other accounts. See our security tips for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.