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Follow our tips for staying safe on social media

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Social media has come a long way since its beginnings, but not in a good way. Between misinformation, scammers, hackers, cyberbullying, and invasive privacy practices, it’s easy to see why people delete themselves from social media.

We understand that social media is a great way to stay in touch with the people you care about. It also makes it easy to get updates from the public figures you follow. Keep reading for social media tips to protect privacy and security.

1. Think before you post

Never forget that your social media audience exceeds your close friends and followers. Your posts can still go live even if you make your account private. People can capture what you say and share it at will.

Think of all the celebrities and politicians who apologize for posts they deleted years ago – those screenshots are forever.

Before posting anything, stop and think. What would happen if your spouse or significant other saw the message? What about your grandparents or your children? Don’t forget your boss and co-workers. If you’re a student, assume that your school, teachers, and classmates will also see your posts.

Anyone can see anything you post. If you’re worried that a particular person or group might see it, don’t post it.

2. Don’t overshare

Keep your private life private. No one needs to know your medical history or your financial situation.

Got a new job? Great, so let the world know. But leave your earnings out of that. And don’t mention the company is too cheap to fix the broken coffee maker. And while this may be a common theme, don’t speak negatively about your co-workers.

Oversharing not only puts your privacy at risk, but also your security. Scammers see social media as a treasure trove of targets, and they love it when you show off cars, jewelry, cash, and other valuables. Don’t tempt bad people into attacking you or your business.

3. Keep a low profile

Let’s cut to the chase: Do not include any of this information in your profile:

  • Your email address.
  • Your home or work addresses.
  • Your phone numbers.

This information may be used to track you or to learn more about you. Hackers only need a few details about you to start chasing you. And anyone in the world, including jealous exes, stalkers, and scammers, can look at your data to learn everything there is to know.

There are countless people search sites out there. So how do you protect your data? Tap or click here for our list of people search sites with step-by-step opt-out instructions.

The same rules apply to your photos. Do not take a photo in front of your house or the building where you work. These photos could be used to pinpoint your location.

4. Do not click on this ad

Scammers post ads that appeal to what people want most: money and a good body. Follow this rule of thumb: Any social media advertisement promising insane riches and six-pack abs is likely a scam.

Click on the ad and you will be redirected to a malicious website to enter personal information. Or you will get a link that downloads malware to your device. Report suspicious ads and move on.

Cryptocurrency is a popular lure on social media, and you will see it associated with well-known personalities and celebrities. Stay away from any ads or profiles that mention crypto. If someone tells you to make money, lose weight, or get more followers, just block them.

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5. Don’t take the bait

People love to argue on social media, and it can be pretty harmless if it’s a debate over something like the best kind of cheese to use in a grilled cheese sandwich. But things can heat up very quickly.

Arguing with someone you’ll never meet in real life does nothing but stress you out. There is also the risk of angering them to the point that they lash out at you.

“Doxxing” is the act of revealing identifying information about someone online, such as their name, home address, phone number, and job information, and then sharing all of that data with the public . If you push certain people hard enough, they can hurt you.

If an exchange on a public post or private message starts to spiral out of control, just back off. Nothing good will come of it. Some people live to troll by luring people into heated exchanges. Ignore them and block them if necessary.

If you receive threatening messages, take screenshots of the conversation and report this profile immediately.

bonus tip

The new version of drunk dialing is the drunk display. What looks good or fun at midnight can cost you a relationship or your job the next day.

At the end of the line : Don’t drink and post!

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