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3 Social Media tips to keep you out of trouble

Yes, folks I do believe social media is here to stay!

And that means we probably really need to look at how it is used…or perhaps I should say how to use it properly. But what does social media consist of? Well it is basically any format that allows you to interact with others. So those would be:

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • InstaGram
  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Forums
  • Groups
  • Chat rooms

Oh I’m sure there are many, many more but for the time being these are the biggies in the industry – at least for right now. And yes, there will be more in the future.New Social Media Icons

I am on several of these social media sites but not all of them. And that may well be you too. And we all certainly have our favorites. Believe it or not each one actually serves different purposes. But I won’t go into those differences at this time.

The larger picture is that there are some things that each and every one of us could do way better to keep us out of trouble. Here are 3 things that you should not do or post on Social Media. Let me explain something first. These are not just my ideas – though I agree with all of them. I did a tremendous amount of research into this because I did not want to sound biased. The items I am listing came from various lists and experts in the field. So let’s get to it!

Sharing of too much personal information.

  1. Never, ever provide where you live or your phone number! And I’m not talking about just your address. Even if you just post your neighborhood can be dangerous. Trust me – people can find you this way.
  2. Going on vacation? Why on earth are you letting everyone in the world know this? The bad guys can and do find this information out quite easily and once you are gone who knows what they will do to your house!
  3. You also don’t want to post personal information about someone else. You know such as I’m going to Cecil’s house for lunch and he lives at 123 Main Street. Yea, just don’t do it!
  4. d. Also keep in mind that if you use an electronic device (cell phone, tablet) and have your “location” turned on just about anyone can find you. Do you really think that is necessary? Especially if you are out alone?

Personal Finance Information

  1. Even little things that you don’t think about can be dangerous. Consider a thread in which people are talking about bank failures or some such thing. Your comment about banking at XYZ Credit Union has just provided identity thieves a ton of information.

Be Aware of the photos you post!

  1. Are you posting photos of your kids? Make sure there is nothing in the background such as an address, picture of your home, or license plate in which people could identify you.
  2. Um, hope this one is a no brainer but one never knows. Just do not post nude or sexy type pictures of you, your children (you know the one in which they are taking a bath!) or any family member no matter how funny you think it might be.
  3. And to go along with the above, just don’t post other embarrassing type photos of your friends. They just might not appreciate it – and you certainly would not want someone to do that to you!

Ok, so those three things constitute privacy issues. And I know that right now you are thinking that you have all your settings to private and that no one else except your 500 friends can see these posts. Well let me tell you something…nothing and I truly mean nothing is private on the internet! Many of you may not be aware that I am a licensed Private Investigator. And while I am no longer working in that field I know that there are ways of obtaining information from social media about almost anyone! And even without that license it is extremely easy to do. In fact a gal I used to work with is extremely good at this type of thing and she has no educational training in that area.

So please do be careful while posting on any social media platform. Think about what you are saying or what the photo shows.

Remember we don’t have to tell the world about our entire life!

After all telling everything about our lives, thoughts, dreams, desires, vacations, our children, and so on is really what our real life friends are for.

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How do you feel about this information? Do you feel that perhaps you might have shared too much information? Or do you have friends or family that does?

Joyfully yours,

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