We have all heard the warnings about social media…how ‘bad actors’ troll places like Facebook and MySpace searching for information that they leverage for some gain. So what should or shouldn’t you post on those ‘social pages’? Perhaps more importantly…what are your kids posting?
To combat those ‘bad actors,’ there are a number of things that you should never post on social media pages…or let your kids post:
- Your birthday…it may be nice to have people wish you a happy birthday but hackers would love to connect your name to your DOB.
- Where you currently are…if you post where you are, and that you are not at home, that means your home is unoccupied and ripe for break in.
- Family pictures…Never post pictures of your children on the Internet…pedophiles are out there.
- Where you live…hackers will quickly connect your name with your home address and look for an opportunity to break in.
- Telephone number…never post your telephone number online. Your address can be connected to it and if you don’t answer the phone, you may not be at home to protect it.
- Relationships…letting people know that you live alone or are a single mom is just asking for problems.
- Going on vacation…Can anything be a more clear invitation to someone with malicious intent than to tell everyone you are going on vacation…which of course means your home is deserted.
- Embarrassing things… there is an old saying that you should never do or say anything you don’t want to appear on the front page of the local paper. Critical of your boss, your spouse, or some other ‘personal’ piece of information…post it on the Internet and everyone may see it.
Social media can be fun and an enjoyable place to share information, but you must be very careful of what you share and with whom you share. When you post something, post only to your friends and not to the general public.
Remember…think twice before you click the ‘Post’ button.
O’Donnell, A. (2015) 10 Things You Should Never Post On Social Networks.