How To Keep Your YouTube Account Safe And In Good Condition

With billions of page views per day, YouTube is perhaps the most popular community-driven video hosting website on this planet. Publishers and freelancers make a lot of money through this powerful medium by publishing useful videos and then monetizing their YouTube video channels. Since the nature of the content (video) is so powerful and viral in nature, the security and related aspects are monitored vigorously on YouTube. Today we are going to discuss two important aspects related to your YouTube account - first is security that helps in keeping your account safe from hackers, and the second aspect is related to your own conduct and activities within your YouTube account to prevent any awkward situation or to prevent suspension of your account.

So let's get started and see what can be done to keep our YouTube account safe as well as with good ratings to prevent any unexpected suspension. First, we will discuss the security aspect in detail.

Create unambiguous profile with strong password - If you're going to publish your own videos, I'll strongly suggest you to avoid creating a ghost profile (unless you're publishing some controversial content) that inherently invites suspicion and questions the credibility and intent of the publisher. Creating an unambiguous profile creates a trust between the viewers and the publisher. A YouTube account with a popular YouTube channel with thousands of views per day cannot afford to have a weak password. Create a fairly complex password and change it frequently (at least every 3 months) to minimize the risk of password stealing. Although uploading your own close-up front shot for your profile image is not mandatory, but doing so can elevate your credibility significantly.

Check your privacy settings - The two important options to control your visibility are 'Sharing' & 'Privacy' under account settings. Through 'Sharing' option you can control the visibility of your activities on YouTube as shown in the image below. By default, all public uploads and addition of new videos to the playlists is automatically shared with the YouTube community. Visibility of videos added to individual playlists can be controlled within the list's privacy options. Apart from these default settings, you can restrict visibility of your activities like commenting on a video, liking a video, subscribing to a channel or including a video in your favorites list.
YouTube sharing & activity settings

The second important option is the 'Privacy' settings that restrict sharing of private information that you may decide not to share with anybody. If you want that only people in your YouTube contact list may send you general or video sharing messages, then you can activate this option here. If you enable it, you may get fewer messages to process, but it may lessen the scope of finding some great content from the wider audience who may want to share a useful video with you.

The second option is extremely useful for publishers who're growing their YouTube channel not just as a hobby but for professional purposes. If you activate this option, people on YouTube will be able to find your channel simply by the email address associated with your YouTube account. This is a huge advantage for the publisher as people may not remember or may have no idea about your YouTube channel's name. It may also be possible that your channel's video doesn't rank well against general queries used by the community. In such cases, an option of finding a YouTube channel through owner's email address is a big boon for the publishers. In a nutshell, if I'm running a professional YouTube channel, I will definitely activate this option.

YouTube privacy settings

The third option under 'Privacy' settings is associated with advertisements shown on YouTube website. If you're activating this option, you're allowing YouTube to gather information about the type of content you regularly watch to serve the most relevant ads. Now, this may or may not be a good case in every situation and this entirely depends on you whether you're willing to share your video content preferences with YouTube.

And last but not the least is an important privacy setting controlling the visibility of analytics data associated with all your publicly uploaded videos. Generally, a publisher running a popular YouTube channel may not share this analytics data, but it's up to you whether you're going to let people see how much crowd is flocking towards your awesome video content.

Follow community guidelines - Failing to adhere to these guidelines often results in account suspension. You must know how to play safely on YouTube; else you may risk losing your profitable YouTube channel. So here are some of the general guidelines to keep your account ratings good to help you get most out of this powerful platform.
  • Comment cautiously - YouTube's large community regularly interact with each other through comment threads (if enabled) beneath each video. You must take every care to avoid leaving flaming comments that may inadvertently hurt someone's feelings. If you disagree with someone, you must tackle the situation delicately by putting your views in a graceful manner. Remember, users can flag or mark your comment as spam that may result in account suspension if it is regularly repeated in your account.
  • Don't upload objectionable video content - Now this is very vague when I say 'Objectionable Content'. But YouTube has clearly tabulated the kind of video content that shouldn't be uploaded to the website. Videos showing extreme violence, adult content, racial hate, and animal or drug abuse are strictly prohibited on YouTube. If you load such kind of videos, people can flag it as inappropriate and that can lead to account suspension.
  • Don't trick people with misleading titles and descriptions - This is one more reason that leads to account suspension on YouTube. While publishing your videos, do not fill tricky titles or descriptions that clearly try to allure people in a wrong way. If YouTube catches it, you're going to lose your account in no time.
Whenever you're using YouTube, you must understand that it's a community-driven website where millions of people from across the globe come together to share and view informative or entertaining video content. You must follow or implement all the precautions discussed above to effectively leverage this useful platform.