Each of us uses at least one social network. We write posts about our future plans, scroll through our friends’ pics, read the news, and chat. Notwithstanding the fact that all social media tries to protect its users’ personal data, there is still some information which can be used by bad people that is in full public view.
We want to share several secrets with you on how to avoid the wicked designs of ill-wishers.
You surely know that geolocation marks are added automatically. The thing is, social media often has this default function on. So any person with any intentions can learn where you take a rest, where you live, and where you frequently spend your time. It’s up to you if you want to take the risks.
11. Phone number
It is a common convenient practice to link a phone number to social networks. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t forget about the traps and pitfalls of this function. The best result is to get calls from a pushy fan or naughty child. The worst is to be hacked in order to steal your personal data.
10. Date of birth
Your date of birth is important, as is your full name and home address. This information can help swindlers to easily hack your personal or banking account.
9. Photos of tickets, cards, and personal documents
Lots of travelers post pics from airports with tickets describing their emotions about their long-awaited vacation. Here you also shouldn’t be light-minded. The bar code on your ticket is singular and can be used to get your personal information, given to the airline carrier.
Users can also make another common mistakes: when they want to boast of a new VIP credit card or of acquiring a driving license, they share pics on social media. Just remember that posting such photos is never a good idea.
8. Posts about your upcoming plans
When you share your weekend plans with your friends, it’s necessary to remember that burglars have a good hint on the best time for planning a robbery. The financial “This is money” site warns that a robbery committed while you are on a trip (in case you share your plans within social networks) can be admitted a never event. So your insurance claims will be rejected.
7. Work information
There are some cases where employees are fired for revealing compromising information about their work or for vilifying it and showing a breach of duty at the office. That is why you should think twice before posting something connected with your work. Your boss and colleagues might be disappointed.
6. “Drunk” pics
Of course, you want to share your emotions on the unforgettable party you were at last weekend. You should also remember that if your account is open, merry “drunk” pics can be seen not only by your friends but by your boss, relatives, and other users of social media. It may cost you your whole reputation.
5. Most of your contacts from your friends list
Practice shows that your friends list is just an abstract number, proving no real friendship outside the internet. That is why psychologists advise removing all excessive contacts, leaving only those users you want to continue communicating with.
4. Information connected with kids
The first important aspect is the child’s agreement. Before you post a funny pic with your child, ask yourself if you would like him or her to find this pic on the internet in the future. Might it be abusive or embarrassing?
The second aspect to be thought of is safety. The NSPCC, defending children’s rights, claims that excessive personal information in social media smoothes the way for crimes against kids. You can surely agree that letting a criminal know which school your child attends is the last thing you want.
It is a common situation when traveling for photographers to post pictures of local kids. There should be a rule of not sharing any photos and information without the children’s parents’ permission.
3. Friends’ photos
Very often users post some funny pics of their friends to laugh at. But is it so necessary to show them in such a way, knowing that most of your friends can see the photo? It is an ambiguous action that can cost you a friend.
2. Photos with your ex
No matter how mushy you are, you’d better delete pictures with your ex. This can help you avoid troubles with a new or potential mate who monitors your social media accounts. Besides, nostalgic memories are not always good for your mood.
1. Everything you are not ready to share with a stranger
In conclusion, it is necessary to add that you should not post anything that you are not ready to share with a stranger. Of course, it’s not a reason to freak out and delete all your social network accounts. You just always need to remember that your online info becomes public, so think twice before posting something.