5 Things You Should Never Post On Social Media

“With great power comes great responsibility.” This isn’t only applicable for superheroes. Today, we hold so much power with a touch of a button.

Social media gave us so much power that some people think they’ve become gods in their own little online world. But this power is a double-edged sword. Although social media allows us to keep in touch with people even miles apart, it also exposes us to strangers. In fact, it could put us at risk of falling for a variety of cyber-crimes.

That said, there are some things you must never share on social media. Take these tips as a precaution to avoid more serious consequences in the future.

What Not To Post On Social Media

Posts On Social Media that Discloses Your Location

Social media is a wonderful place to post pictures and videos. In fact, you’ve probably posted your own photos. But you may want to think twice before posting.

Why?

Because it could be used to trace your location. Here are a few photos you need to think twice before posting:

  • Vacation photos
  • Photos of children
  • Photos that can be used against you when you’re applying for a job.
  • Photos that could be seen as insensitive or racist

For example, posting vacation photos in real-time could alert thieves that you’re not home for a few days. Additionally, posting photos of children could put them at risk. Remember, sex offenders are lurking on social media as well. Although the risk is low, it’s best to think twice.

Profanity

We all have the freedom to post on social media what we deem appropriate. However, avoid using abusive and profane language on social media. Casually using these words, even if you’re simply interacting with friends can lead to serious consequences.

While these words aren’t a crime, they could become part of your online persona. For example, if you’re applying for a job, they might look into your social media interactions. When they see that you’ve been using foul language, it could hurt your chances of getting hired.

So keep it clean.

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Complaints About Your Workplace

Even if you’ve blocked half of your coworkers, it’s still a bad idea to post on social media your complaints about your job. This could affect your professional reputation.

That said, social media is not the best place to air your complaints. If you need to vent, do it with a friend or a family member.

Here are other things you shouldn’t post regarding your work:

  • Company secrets
  • A job search when you’re currently working for a different company
  • Negative comments about your employer
  • Politics

Personal Details

You must never share your personal details on your social media channels. Here are some of the things you should think twice about sharing:

  • Full birthday, including your year of birth
  • Full address
  • Phone number
  • Your current location

By making these pieces of information available to the public, it could put you at risk for identity theft.

For example, you might think putting your birthday is harmless enough. While it’s fun to receive birthday greetings, your birth date is an important piece of information. With this data, thieves can have access to your bank account. That said, avoid sharing personal details on your social accounts.

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Threats

Aside from profanity and abusive language, avoid threatening others online as well. Even when you think your opinion is right. Wishing someone ill – whether it’s a stranger, politician, or celebrity, raises a red flag. Aside from possibly getting your account suspended, the person receiving the threat could file charges against you.

Are you guilty of posting any of the categories listed on your social media?

If so, search them and delete them. Although you cannot fully remove social media posts from the internet, it’s still a good start. So take your time and review your social media activities.

Here are additional social media tips to remember:

  • Use strong passwords. It’s best to use a combination of numeric and alphanumeric characters. Additionally, it’s best to use different passwords for different accounts.
  • Update your privacy settings. For instance, you can categorize your contacts and use different privacy settings for each.
  • Think twice about using apps that require access to your personal details.

Social media could be a fun place to interact with friends and discover the latest news and trends. However, treat it with care. Be discreet, respectful, and avoid oversharing.

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