People share many details of their lives online every day, but there should also be a limit on what they share about themselves. There is some personal information that is best never shared online, to keep your privacy. It is important that you always protect your privacy setting and avoid oversharing on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. You need to refrain from posting any sensitive information that could harm you personally or even your professional career in the long run. Understand how social media settings work to prevent the dangers from happening to you.

Job advertisements on social media

As a job seeker or graduate, it is difficult finding a job in this economy and can sometimes be frustrating when it does not happen right away. Jobs are advertised on a daily on social media, but that does not mean all of them are real. There are a lot of job scams which are advertised. It is essential to make sure a company being advertised exists, for example, do research on its website to see what it consists of. You can also call the number of the company which is available on the website.

Using your identity

It is important to know the privacy settings of your social media accounts and control who sees your information. Going through your Facebook timeline will tell others what kind of person you are, your likes and dislikes, your habits and hobbies, what you do during the day (or night) and more. Each Facebook timeline is a story about a person. Sharing things like your numbers, identity numbers and address can lead to people stealing your identity and creating a false identity for themselves. Making it easy to open accounts in your name.

Stalking on social media

Sharing information on social media means, your “ friends” get to know a little more information about you. How you look, your locations and some of the things you do. Some people use social media for the wrong reasons like stalking. It is easy to track someone on social media these days, using Google Maps or Google Street View, people can get coordinates of your street using the image you've posted on social media, so to prevent this from happening to you, avoid posting any personal information, such as pictures of your house, home address or contact details on social media.

Learn More About Me

When creating your Facebook profile, you must learn how to use it to protect yourself. Do you provide your phone numbers and email addresses? If yes, who can see this information? These are the key questions you need to ask yourself. Understand that not everyone on social media is your friend and not looking out for you.

In this digital world where information is always easy to access, and as a society we tend to want to share everything about our lives on social media, it's important to think before you post. It may be tempting to think that nothing bad will happen, but it is always best to be cautious. Minimizing, or completely refraining from, posting sensitive information limiting your personal risk and decreasing the possibility of becoming a target.

Article by Busisiwe Mphapang