What’s really safe to put online?

Posted: July 30, 2017 in Technology

I’m often asked, “What information is ok to put online?”.  Well, the truth of the matter is, a lot of your information already is online.  Public record laws have allowed for much of what you and I would consider “private” information to be placed online in searchable formats.  Having a Facebook or Twitter account isn’t going to compromise your identity anymore than saying hello to someone at the grocery store.  There are some tips though that you can follow to ensure that you don’t get taken advantage of.

  • Lock it down – Both Facebook and Twitter (along with most other forms of social media) allow you to restrict your posts/profile to “Friends or followers” only.  This is a must.  By default, your posts are public so make sure you check your security settings and don’t share your posts with the world.
  • Don’t post your job info –  Posting where you work makes it easier for the “bad guys” to find you, combine that with a little more information about your life and it could put you in a compromising position.
  • Avoid vacation announcements – So you’re going on vacation, great!  Don’t tell everyone about it until you get back.  As long as you trust everyone you know on your “friends” list, it’s probably ok, but, if you’re not sure you have you profile locked down correctly this is a definite no no.

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