We live most of our lives connected to social media. In fact, it is estimated that we spend more than 6 hours a day posting, sharing, reading and commenting on social platforms.
For many of us the attention is so exciting we lose ourselves and often let down our guard when it comes to security. While your friends and family will mostly like and share your social media post, you have to remember that not everyone who is your, say, “Facebook friend” has good intentions.
Before your next login, and before you hit the post or tweet button, you need to remember to be on the lookout for what you are posting. The following are 6 things you should never post on social media.
ONE: Your Work and Home Addresses
“Duh,” you think. Be that as it may, we’re not simply looking at writing your entire location onto your Facebook profile. “Checking in” and geotagging photographs can give away your location to people who may be tracking your movements and whereabouts.
For example, you know how you can make your own geotags for Instagram pictures? When you do this, it pulls the area of where you are at that present moment. So in the event that all your made-up geotags point to the same area, some people, with not so good intentions can accept that is the place you live or work.
Likewise, be aware of other individuals who may tag your location. One time a companion “checked in” to a friend’s place on Facebook – location and all – without requesting authorization. Not OK.
TWO: Certain Photos of Kids
This is something that you have to pay special attention to, with child trafficking and all. You also want to make sure that if your child/children or any child/children you are looking after, if they are using social media, they need to be careful about what they post online.
This applies to your own children or other people’s children. When they’re not your own children, you ought to get consent from their guardians before you post anything. You may never know what harm you may be exposing them to. Maybe they are part of some Witness Protection Program. Avoid sharing pictures of children’s school, their friend houses or any easily identifiable landmarks.
THREE: Your Vacation Details
Sharing your vacation details online is like telling the world you’re far from home for an expanded period time, which can be an invitation for criminals to pay you a visit while you’re away. This doesn’t mean you can’t post pictures while you’re on vacation. The best you can do is hold it off until you’re back, then you can start posting about where you have been.
If the temptation to post vacation pictures is just irritable, try to keep it to a selection of mixed pictures that will not give away your absence from home.
Also, never post your whole agenda (“I’m in Madrid Oct. 10 to 17, Berlin Oct. 17 to 25, and Rome Oct. 25 to 31 preceding flying back home. Know anybody in those areas who might need to hang out with another friend?”). This will often be difficult for traveling entrepreneurs who want to inform their fans of their world travels. Where possible, always have someone house sit while you’re away on such travels.
FOUR: Any Password Clues
Online security inquiries aren’t the most grounded, particularly when they require data that you could without much of a stretch give away on interpersonal organizations. The residential community where you grew up, your youth pet’s name, where you were hitched, your first girlfriend or boyfriend’s name – these are all particular points of interest your bigger group of friends doesn’t have to know in any case.
FIVE: Private Photos
We’re not expecting you could ever post bare photographs on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. In any case, you may Direct Message or Snapchat them. That is still an awful thought, seeing as how nobody, can be trusted with those photographs nowadays.
SIX: Credit Card Or Financial Information
Yes, some people post photos of their Bank Cards online to showcase their lifestyle (please say you’re not one of them). Without knowing, you may unexpectedly give away personal financial information on Facebook or Twitter discussions: what bank you utilize and your salary range.
Indeed, even your introduction to the world date and place give programmers enough subtle elements to get to your budgetary data.