Top 5 Things You Should Not Share on Social Media

By on August 19, 2013
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Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest and other social media networks are becoming more important in our lives. Some people still believe they are a fad that will wane eventually, but that does not appear to be the case at the moment. That means it is even more important to make sure you are using social networks appropriately. They are all about sharing, but when does sharing become sharing too much. Here are the top 5 things you should not share on social media.


1. Things you do not want to share

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Okay, this one seems a bit obvious, but remember social media networks are about sharing. That means when you sign up for an app or another piece of software linked to your social media account, the makers of that software are often given access to large amounts of your personal information. If you do not want to share it, don’t write it.


2. Password hints

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You will have seen these things on the many websites you have a password for. Examples include what is your mother’s maiden name, or what city were you born in. But this is also information that you may innocently decide to post on a social media site. In other words, you could inadvertentlybe giving hackers access to your secret password questions, so be careful.


3. Your password

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This is an obvious one but it deserves a mention. First, don’t give you social media passwords to anyone, even your nearest and dearest. And second, do not send passwords to other people for other accounts or services via a social media account, even if it is in a private message – you never really know how private it actually is. The best advice is to stay on the side of caution and don’t do it.


4. Personal financial information

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This is another obvious one but it is astonishing how many people do it. And remember, you do not have to post anything too obvious as Facebook and other social media can be used to piece together things about you. Take for example simply mentioning who you bank with. Add that to all of the other information you have on your social media accounts and suddenly many people will have an awful lot of the pieces of your personal jigsaw.


5. Your address and phone number

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There is a theme developing with this top 5 post. That theme is that a seemingly innocent piece of information can be used in conjunction with other innocent pieces of information to do you harm. So don’t post your address or phone number to your social media profiles.

About Damien McGinley

Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.

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