When you sign in to YouTube you can upload videos, build playlists, subscribe to channels and comment on videos that others have shared. You need a Google account to sign into YouTube.
Most people watch videos on YouTube and use its other features with enjoyment and without incident.Sometimes, however, things can and do go wrong and people can be abused or have their account hacked.
You can reduce the risk of something going wrong by following these tips.
Change the privacy settings of your videos so that you control who can watch them. The default setting for videos you upload is ‘Public’ – which means they can be seen by anyone.
Setting the videos to ‘Private’ or ‘Unlisted’ limits who can see them. ‘Private’ is the stronger setting: only you and selected users can see your videos. Anyone with the link to the video can see an ‘Unlisted’ video.
Protect your account data by setting a strong password and don't share it with anyone. This is particularly important as you use your Google account to sign into YouTube.
Change your password regularly and make sure it’s not easy to guess are two of the best ways to protect your account from hackers. Always change your password if you think your account has been compromised in any way.
Consider setting up two-factor authentication on your Google account for an extra layer of security – our video shows you how to do this.
Think about how much personal information you reveal. Do you reveal identifying personal information such as where you live?
Know how to take action on abusive or inappropriate content.
Do you feel unsafe right now? Call the police on Triple Zero (000).
If things do go wrong, your response will vary according to what the problem is:
Is a video inappropriate?
Flag the video to YouTube.
Has someone posted your personal information or uploaded a video of you without your consent?
Request YouTube to remove the content, in line with its Privacy Guidelines.
Is someone using YouTube to abuse you?
Don’t respond to nasty or offensive comments. Collect evidence of the web page. Record the URL (address) of the web page of the video or comment. See our page on Collecting evidence. Block the user. Report the abuse to YouTube using the reporting tool. Watch our video.
Does the abuser’s behaviour make you feel unsafe?
Police and other services can support you. See our Get help page.