5 things you should not share on Facebook
Facebook is everywhere. Ironically ‘Facebook has become Google for social networks’ and what a rightly said defination of Facebook it is.
People love to share updates with their friends and family on social networks without considering the privacy threats. Overdoing things cause troubles, likewise, oversharing on Facebook spawn the privacy concerns. Updating status, photos or location could make stalkers accessible to your private information. The problem is we never know who exactly is stalking our profiles. There must be some boundary lines before sharing things on Facebook. People should know the difference between sharing & oversharing and when sharing becomes toxic.
To keep your family and yourself at the safest zone, try to avoid sharing everything on Facebook. By everything, we mean, sharing or updating your Facebook friends or followers about your recent projects, your location, vacation plans, job, your kids, photos which could make your forged identity and contact information. You should skip this practice in a little while before thieves/stalkers come to your door.
Here is a list of 5 things which you should not share on Facebook to keep yourself safe from any disaster.
1- Never share your location
You are out on a vacation and enjoying quality time with your family/friends. Is it necessary to post an update regarding your location on any social channel? It is absurd to do so.
Sharing your location tells the stalkers about your current location. Not only stalker, but anyone who wants to damage you in any possible way. The tidbits from your vacation location can help stalkers to trace you easily. Do not share your vacation updates when you are still on vacation.
If you desperately want to share your photos from vacation, do it once you come back safely. Avoid the location-tagging feature on Facebook. Switch off your social accounts to not let yourself disturbed by the colleagues or friends when you are on a holiday.
2- Never share your personal information (NEVER)
Putting contact number on Facebook or email address provides a constant way to contact you. It is a major slip people and especially teens do and get troubled later.
‘Hey, I live at the Old Manson Street, come and rob me’ This is how theives see when you show your address to your profile. There is nothing sane behind showcasing your home address and let everyone know about your personal space.
Also the contact number causes trouble once it is displayed publicly. You can set the privacy to ‘friends only’ who already have your number saved in their contact list.
3- Avoid sharing your job details
Who would hate displaying the tag of working with a multi-national firm in his profile? Absolutely no one.
This is where the trouble begins from. (if you are too open about your job)
Your Boss might dislike it for you being too much open about your projects on Facebook. Posting on Facebook while sitting at your work place can cause you trouble. Your employer may stalk your profile to learn more about you and if your profile says ‘Online’ at the working hours, you are at mess.
Most of the times, employeers do research before hiring a candidate. So make sure to delete every harsh element from your timeline that can stop him to hire you.
4- Avoid sharing embarrassing things
Now what does that mean?
While sharing any photo or any random status, ask yourself if you can share the same thing with your Colleagues or Boss? If you hesitate doing that, do not bother to share it on Facebook, too.
A weird photo or an odd meme can make you laughing stock at your work place or among your social circles. Do not let your timeline decide your personality. If you feel embarrass at some tagged photo, untag it before it goes viral among your friends or colleagues. Do not allow your friends to tag you in stupid photos or memes when you know it can cause trouble to your professional life.
5- Do not talk about your future plans, publicly!
Stalkers or potential thieves like it when you openly discuss your future vacation plans.
Its your own vacation and must be your own, alone. It is not worth sharing with the audience when the audience is public or any random stranger you have never known in a lifetime. When you post about the time and location where you intend to spend your vacation on, it triggers the false notions to the criminals or stalkers to reach you. In your absence, the criminals would be aware of when to jump into your home to steal it in your absence.
Disclosing yourself publicly is harmful in every sense. You should never allow your social circle to jump into your personal space just because you love to expose your personal information out there. Keep yourself at the safest zone and never do unnecessary sharing at any of the social networking site. Think before you throw everything as your status update. Its your status and not your diary to put everything inside.
Last but not the least, STOP ADDING RANDOM STRANGERS to your social accounts. You never know who intends to use your information against you.