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5 Ways To Protect Yourself On Social Media

Many people forget that with social networking, although they are not meeting with people face-to-face, are actually revealing too much information about themselves . This could still lead to dangerous situations, such as burglary, harassment, or stalking.

Don’t Reveal Location
This seems like an issue of common sense, but many need to be reminded that revealing your location to strangers is never a good idea. Some social media sites require that you input your location, and if that’s the case, you can use your creativity to make a fake location or input one a city/state different from where you are actually located. In some instances, the website will allow you to continue without entering anything in the location field.

Keep Birthdate Hidden
Giving away your birthdate seems like a harmless act, but when a criminal has your birthday, they have one of the several pieces of information needed to steal your identity. If you absolutely must list your birthdate, do not include the year.

Have Private Profile
Just because you post something, doesn’t mean it’s for everybody to see. Although social media is a useful way of networking professionally and promoting your business, failing to properly manage your profile and privacy settings could have consequences that you cannot undo.

Each social media platform has its own instructions for updating the settings of your profile so that information is distributed according to your wishes. Be sure to thoroughly read through these guidelines.

Some of the most common social media websites:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Snapchat

Don’t Link Accounts
Although linking social media accounts may be a convenience to you, it is making it easier for thieves to find you. It is especially important that you don’t link your personal accounts with your business accounts. Some content on one of your social media sites may not be appropriate for content on another site. For example content you post on Facebook, which is a relatively informal site, may not be appropriate for your LinkedIn account, which is a more formal setting.

What are some other reasons why you shouldn’t link your social media accounts?

  • Automated posting
  • Same messages across different platforms
  • Increased risk of identity theft
  • More of a chance of receiving spam in inbox (which can be malware and/or viruses)
  • The use of location services to see where you are