If you are like most people, you have one, two or more online social media accounts. Social media sites include Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and even Pinterest. There are a few simple things you should and should not do when it comes to your social media sites. These are your online sites so be proactive in making sure they are serving your best interests.
Keep your personal information private.
- Home address
- Telephone numbers
- Personal email
Do not discuss when you will be away from home for an extended period.
- Thieves are just waiting for an empty house.
Posting pictures of Driver’s license, birth certificates or other documents with identifying information is a bad idea.
- Identity theft cannot happen without your personal information.
- Duplicating photos of personal documents is easier than you know.
Check your profile on social media regularly.
- Social Media sites change their terms often.
- Test your profile to see what others can see.
- Delete questionable social contacts.
Keep Pictures of minors safe.
- Some of your social media friends may not be personal friends, so be sure to set your privacy settings so only close friends and family can see your children’s pictures.
- You are the adult and making decisions for the minors so make sure it is something in their best interest.
Who cares about your Facebook or Twitter accounts?
- Be careful posting pictures in social activities using alcohol or other recreational substances.
- Chances are that your employer or other co-workers have seen or regularly look at your social media sites. Do no put anything that would compromise your employment.
- Keep risqué pictures and comments about sex, race, drugs or anything deemed ethically controversial away from your social media pages.
Do not people bash or fight online. Keep it at home please.
- Again, you do not want your children, in-laws or friends to know all your private business and I am sure the person you are at odds with now.
- Once it is in the internet highway, it is always there, or at least potentially could be out there forever.
Having social media sites is productive, fun and a great way to keep in touch and meet interesting people. If you follow a few, common sense rules and strategies to stay safe, then the online experience will remain a good one. Safely go Facebook posting, tweeting and pinning away.
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