Like Erica in the movie “The Social Network” says “The Internet‘s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink.” She meant that whatever is written on Internet is permanent and cannot be removed easily. Social Media makes it fast and easy to share just about anything.
Not only can you post this information yourself, many other sites can ask for permission to share it on your behalf. It can become viral and no one can actually track the original source and block it. In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever to protect your safety and privacy online. Below I have mentioned 7 important things you should NEVER share online, and make sure
1. Videos of Other People’s Children
Videos of kids are fun, adorable, and occasionally downright hilarious. While you can post videos and pictures of your children at your discretion, you should always use care with other people’s kids. This applies to both your own home videos and videos that you see in your feed. Just because a parent posted a family video for her friends and family, doesn’t mean that she wants you to repost it for a bunch of strangers. Always ask the parent for explicit permission.
2. Spam Posts About Social Media Policies
It’s very unlikely that you’re going to find out about a new and important Social Media policy via a spam-like post. These warnings are usually totally unfounded, such as the rumor that circulated stating Facebook would become a paid site. Your posts are also an insufficient way to protect your rights. One post claimed that putting it on your wall would protect your rights on Facebook. Always check these posts’ validity before sharing.
3. Work-Related Complaints
Complaining about work on a Social Media site is a bad idea all the way around. The laws about what employers can and can’t fire you over are still fuzzy, so it’s best to play it safe. Posting about blatantly inappropriate activity like calling in sick when you’re well or having a workplace affair could definitely leave you unemployed.
4. Vacation Details
Posting the exact dates of your vacation is as good as advertising that your home is empty and unprotected. Share the details of your getaway when you’re back.
5. Your Birth Date and Birthplace
Criminals can find your social security number with just your name, date of birth, and birthplace. If you must share your birthday, keep the year private. Best of all, let your friends prove their true loyalty by remembering your birthday without email reminders.
6. Pictures You Wouldn’t Want Your Boss or Parents to See
If you’d be mortified for your dad to see you in that bikini, or you wouldn’t want your boss to have a visual representation of how many Jell-O shooters you can handle, keep these photos off of social media sites. You never know where a computer-savvy enemy may be lurking, ready to copy and share.
7. Your Location at Any Time
Posting your location is risky business, and many smartphone or tablet pc apps want to do it. Foursquare, Instagram, and even your Facebook and Twitter apps have options for posting your exact location in real-time. This lets predators know where you are and what hot spots you frequent. It also lets potential burglars know when your home is empty and vulnerable. Even if you think that you have the best laptop with latest security features, when it comes to online sharing, the security of your family and you is in your hands.
There are privacy safeguards on social media sites for your protection. By all means use these, but also be careful of what you share, keeping in mind that you never know what someone else may choose to pass along.