People’s entire lives seem to be on public display thanks to the growing number of social media sites. Although uploading and commenting on social media can be entertaining and harmless, there is a certain amount of online etiquette to follow. It entails adhering to the rules of respect, privacy, and protection.
It can be challenging to draw the line between permissible and excessive sharing in this day and age because so many people are so involved on the Internet. It is risky because the World Wide Web can be a dangerously unregulated environment. You wouldn’t want to post something personal or sensitive online; otherwise, prying eyes, strangers, and hackers could access it and use it against you. When you relax your guard in a digital setting, there’s a lot at stake.
Here are five things you should never post or share on the Internet to keep yourself safe:
Intimate Details About Your Relationships
Keep the specifics about your sexual life between you and your partner, whether you’re married, casually dating, in an exclusive relationship, or engaged. If there is a law against kissing and telling in face-to-face conversations with friends, you should apply it even more to online discussions. Not everybody you meet on the Internet is a true friend, so don’t put your faith in strangers only because they seem trustworthy at first.
Most notably, refrain from sharing personal videos on social media. Even if the files are saved on your phone or other computers, there’s no need to record those private moments. Cybersecurity is a serious problem, and videos like these can be devastating to both you and your partner if they fall into the wrong hands. Private information is meant to be kept in your head only.
Exact Information About Your Upcoming Vacation
Social media’s disadvantage is that it needs curated feeds and drives people to take vacations to have something interesting to share. When you do this, you’re missing the essence of going on vacation. More importantly, telling criminals you’ll be away on specific dates is the best way to welcome them into your house. As a result, avoid sharing detailed information about any upcoming holiday at all times.
If you ever want to share pictures from your trip with the rest of the world, you can do so after you’ve safely returned home.
Confidential Information About Your Identity
It would help if you did not share something about your identity on your social media accounts. It is sufficient that your photograph is visible to the general public. However, while it’s generally appropriate for others to know your name and appearance, you should never disclose the following information:
- Date of Birth and Address
- The number that the Social Security Administration assigns
- Bank documents or photographs of your debit and credit cards, as well as identification cards, such as your passport
- Contact number and mobile device
It’s as if you’ve come out of your house without any clothes on when you share one of these on the Internet. Now the whole world knows everything there is to know about you. You’ve also made it simple for cybercriminals to steal your information and use it for digital theft, identity fraud, and other types of cybercrime.
Selfies On Sacred Occasions
Selfies are appropriate in general. There’s nothing wrong with putting your face out there for the world to see. When such photographs are taken at religious events or locations, however, they may be offensive. Posting a happy selfie of yourself when attending a funeral or in a place of worship is the most obvious of these.
On social media platforms, location tagging services are now also being misused. When you upload real-time photographs and videos of yourself and tag your place in them, this happens.
It’s inexplicable why so many people now want to share their exact location on the Internet with anyone. Perhaps it’s a way of boasting about being in this location or having a good time. You, on the other hand, are putting yourself in danger.
If you want to tag the location, you’re in, and you can do so after you’ve left or returned home, as long as you follow the rules for vacation posting.
Even though Social Media has been around for decades and that social media use and presence are now regular, it’s always frightening how many people share personal information and data online. On the Internet, there is such a thing as having too much detail. If you believe you are one of the people who have yet to learn how to protect themselves online, begin with this list. That way, you’ll know what to share and what not to post the next time you’re on social media or the Internet in general.
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