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“Sharing is Caring” yes, but not always! Sharing an orange, sure. Or some great news with a friend, yes! But to put on public some of your intimate photos or personal events – not such a good idea. Every time we open Instagram or Facebook (or any other social network), we want to share something. Scientists have proved that social media is massively addictive. However, don’t forget that in some cases your unwise internet activity can put you in great danger. Your social media accounts can provide a significant source of information for the scammers, hackers, thieves, obsessive people and other, well, less-than-desirable onlookers. To protect and keep yourself away from the danger, make sure that you never share the following information on social media.
Home and Work Address
Friends, it is not as simple as it seems. I hope you do not display your home address on your social media accounts. When you publish some photos to social media, you quite often automatically attach your Geotagging. Anyone can easily track your current location on the map in just one click. But quite often, what you don’t see is an active geolocation link next to the uploaded photo. The most reliable way to avoid displaying your location on public is just to disable the Geotagging feature on your social media account settings. If you already have that information presented in social media, you need to know how to get your address off the internet.
Photographs of your Children
It’s hard to find a mommy who will resist the temptation to publish photos of her child. But if you ever decide to share the pictures of your child on social networks, at least avoid such images (or textual publications) from which someone can find out the name of a school, a kindergarten, or a playground where you usually spend a lot of time.
There are many strange and dangerous people in the world and the less they know about where you spend your time with a child, the better.
The Details of Future Vacations
Everybody post pictures of their traveling adventures; this is an entirely reasonable thing. Truth is, simple photographs are probably okay, but your desperate desire to share with the entire world some additional announcements like, “Oh hey, tomorrow we finally go to Spain for an entire week” is a lousy idea, for reasons you can probably imagine. Potential thieves will be very happy to receive exact dates when you are not at home.
Information that can help to Crack your Password
When you create passwords for the most internet resources (from an email to online banking), the system asks you to choose a “secret question” and come up with an answer. Just in case you will forget your password and will need to restore it. The system usually offers you some options, one of them usually includes “your mother’s maiden name” or “your favorite actor,” etc.
Try to make sure that those answers are not easy to discover in public access. After all, if you chose the option “what is your favorite actor?” and your Facebook stream is filled up with pictures of Keanu Reeves, then even a schoolboy will be able to crack your password. So, be careful! Try to come up with an answer to your secret question with the least obvious or even illogical response.
Is seems that everyone knows about this, but even Facebook does not allow publishing any super intimate photos. Note that explicit and ultra intimate photos sent to a loved one through a personal chat like Viber or WhatsApp can become public. After all, as evidence shows, any cloud storage of information may become susceptible to hacking. Your phone or any other smart device can be easily stolen and appear in wrong hands.
Once in a while totally clueless folks will manage to post some photos of their credit or debit cards to social networks. I hope that you are not one of them. Everyone can accidentally share vital information that hackers may use to still a person’s internet identity. For example, never mention in your publications the name of your bank. In combination with entirely innocent data, like the date of your birth, this information can provide to the scammers almost all the keys to your account. Be, watchful!