Are Your Social Media Activities a Recipe for Disaster?

If you love your time on social media, are you making sure your privacy and well-being are being protected?

Unfortunately, some people give up too much information when they use social media. As a result, they can place themselves and even loved ones in harm’s way in the process.

To lessen the odds you will do such a thing, it is important that you do not give up any info that could lead to trouble.

So, will your social media activities be ones where commonsense is the priority?

Don’t Give Out Too Much Information

So that you are able to go about being a safe social media user, remember these tidbits:

1. Personal info –

Never give out any pertinent details that could come back to haunt you. An example is sharing where you bank, work, and where your kids go to school. That kind of information should only be with those close to you. Although it may sound like being too protective, you don’t want the wrong person getting such info.

2. Posting pictures –

While it may seem normal to post pictures of your kids and when on vacation, do it with caution. When it comes to the kids’ pictures, be careful what you post. If you’re going to post such images, make sure they are ones that do not give out any personal info. As for the vacations, you don’t want to come home from a well-earned and enjoyable trip to find your home had a thief visit. And how did it get broken into? More than likely, you posting photos of your trip and telling the world you were away was the reason.

3. Avoid online conflicts –

It can be tempting to get into a war of words with one or more individuals on social media. All that does is end up raising your blood pressure and might put you in harm’s way. Although many users will brush off the back-and-forth banter, some will take it to the next level. You do not want to get into a tit-for-tat and have someone trying to hurt your online reputation.

Think About Career Needs Too

If you don’t take your social media responsibilities in a serious manner, it can hurt your career.

An example of this would be when you have had one too many to drink and get into an accident. Before you know it, you’ve had a DUI. While you may think news won’t get out, what happens when you post images on social media of you partying? Would your current boss or a potential employer find that amusing if they came across it?

Many employers are doing more social media checks of employees and those they may hire.

One thing they may do if they get your license plate number is go ahead with a license plate search.

That search could provide them info on your vehicle and even how many accidents you have been in. At the end of the day, you may have damaged your career aspirations.

Another social media practice to avoid is bad-mouthing a current or former employer. If you think for one moment that companies do not check social media accounts, think again.

When it comes to social media, always err on the side of caution.

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