The average internet user has 5 social media accounts, according to GlobalWebIndex, all which could be sharing varying degrees of personal information to the public. In the new age of technology this ‘sharing’ of private information can be more harmful than one might imagine. Learning how to keep information private is an important step in social media safety. To assist, we’ve compiled some top tips:
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Employers and Social Media
It should come as no surprise that in today’s world, employers are actively Googling potential employees. In fact, a 2014 report showed that 43% of employers were using social media sites to search for potential employees, a number that’s only likely to rise. Take the time to comb through social media. Make sure that photos and posts that don’t show you in the best way are deleted or made private to only friends.
Check the privacy settings of each social media account to ensure only the information you want is being displayed. Social Media sites, such as Facebook, have frequently changed their privacy settings. Keep up to date on the latest changes and make sure to occasionally check them to ensure something you don’t want publicized is being kept private.
Be Smart About What You Post
Remember “What happens on the web, stays on the web!" Be careful of the photos you upload and text you post. Just because you delete it later doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. Be mindful and smart before posting anything that could be potentially harmful in the future.
Be Wary of Others
Most sites don’t have a firm process of verifying peoples identity, so if you don’t know someone don’t be their friend. Likewise, if your friend is messaging or sending you things that don’t look right, it could be that they were hacked! Always remain alert when opening a link anyone sends you and take proper precaution to avoid trouble.
Additional resources to check out
The 7 Social Media Mistakes Most Likely To Cost You a Job: http://time.com/money/3510967/jobvite-social-media-profiles-job-applicants/
Stay Safe Online Social Networks: https://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/protect-your-personal-in...
11 Tips for Social Networking Safety: https://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/social-networking.aspx
RIT Information Security Safe Social Networking: https://www.rit.edu/security/content/safe-social-networking-and-blogging