Just want to remind everyone to do yourself a favor and be careful on what you post on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or to any social networking accounts you have. Keep in mind that whatever you post—whether a random blurb, photos, or videos—can take a toll on your reputation. As we enjoy the convenience the Internet offers, we also have some obligations to protect your own privacy. Yup, it’s easy to view your profile and post that information anywhere with your photo on it without your approval. Maybe you should run a test now and search yourself on Google because there could be someone using your identity without you knowing it. So for your own peace of mind, here are some tips you could follow:
Think before you post
Yes, it’s your wall, your account, your profile—you can say anything, but you need to face the consequences as well. Again, everything is fast online. People can spread the word in no time. If you want to say something bad about your boss, teacher, or colleagues, just keep it in private. Never post sexually provocative photos or comments, illegal activities, messages intended to harass or threaten anyone.
There should be a separation between your social life and professional life
There are applications and settings you can manage to keep things in private. You can make a separate profile and engage in academic community. One popular tool in schools today is “My Blackboard”. This allows you to manage your social media account and who can view your profile.
Manage your Facebook list
Managing your Facebook list allows you to exclude specific people when you want to share something. If you think you’re posting something offensive to a certain group, put them on restricted list. Make sure to check the posts shared on your wall. You can also activate the restriction settings. They need to get an approval before they can post to your wall.
Make a separate email address for work and personal network
As mentioned earlier about separating your social life to professional life, you need to have separate email accounts. Choose more stringent privacy settings for all social network accounts. Check the site’s guidelines for more detailed instructions regarding privacy settings.
And finally, maintain your personal safety. Check your friend list regularly and consider deleting some random people in the list. Also, avoid location check-ins on any site. Do not post where you are going, especially if you’re alone. Be cautious on the information you are providing online.
As a personal friend found out that owns and installs Solar Panels in Utah, a close call with identity theft almost ruined his business and personal credit. Caution is always the most important thing, and then you can rest easy at night knowing your Identity is safe.