The risks and rewards of posting your life on Social Media Networks.
One of the greatest inventions in modern times, social media plays an active role in the lives of millions of people around the world. It is a convenient way to stay in touch with friends near, and far.
After a stressful day at work, many take the opportunity to become updated on the latest trends, events, topics, and activities under discussion. Everything from a half-price sale at the shoe store down the street, to your vacation photos, your prize-winning dog and his latest trip to the Veterinarian (complete with photo of dog, the Vet, and yourself) and pictures in your driveway of your brand new sports car — we are by nature, a trusting and sharing people and we easily post such information on social media. Most of the time, this kind of posting is pretty low risk.
But for those with criminal intent, who are watching either YOUR account or the person that you are interacting with, all that information is a treasure trove of information.
If you think your friends are happy to hear about your new sports car — the thieves are even happier for you!
And for themselves too, when they drive away in it, saying; “Thanks for telling everyone on Facebook where you hid a spare key for your Dad.”
Identity theft too, has been a problem going back decades and it is now the fastest rising crime in the world — and adding to the ease of performing this crime successfully, is, you guessed it, social media.
The normal security steps should be taken with social media, just as you would do with your banking information, securing important physical documents or photos, and other important and sensitive information. At the very least, don’t use the same password for all of your accounts and get into the habit of changing those passwords once per month. Mark the calendar right now, and change your passwords — and even your challenge questions and answers for your social media accounts.
Experts suggest to avoid mentioning where and when you are going on vacation, your home address, where your valuables are stored (or posting photos of them, showing where they are stored), or when you intend to leave your residence for any length of time. Of course, it is just common-sense. In our busy days, we can sometimes forget these basic safeguards, but rest assured that you are most welcome for this friendly reminder from Arabian Gazette!
Again, the number one rule to keep in mind with regards to social media is; Do I want to share this particular information with the entire world?
Had any social media experiences that you would like to share? Tell us in the comments! (Right after you change all those passwords!)
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