It’s inevitable. We are all in that social media era and there’s no escape. It is a great tool that you can get so much from but it can also be a scary function where others can get a lot from you! We get connected with people from all over the world, we have an abundance of information that we get to share with each other, we get to expand on our creative side. Maybe I have watched way too many Criminal Minds or maybe it’s because I was not born into this beautiful chaos, I thought of sharing some mindful ways to keep ourselves (and our loved ones) safe.
- Too much information: There is always such a thing called ‘too much information’. They can all be used to track you down like your location from a harmless selfie. I’m not suggesting to not take selfies ever, I doubt that’s going to happen and you would think I’m mad, but to be careful. Sharing your daily routine online also lets everyone know how your day goes. You are making it real easy for a stalker. I never tag my location of a picture. You really need not share every aspect of your biography online – where you were born, employment history etc. I know it helps to connect people and we are all about the networking. But who else is reading that information?
- Privacy settings: Mine is private as it can get (at least to my knowledge). I separate my personal and public lives. I try not to show too much of my face even in my profile pictures. When I do, I try to have it as generic as possible. It can get difficult for my primary school friends to find me. But I’m already in a few groups and that should make things simpler. I do not just join any groups for the sake of it, or for the numbers/popularity game. Numbers do not mean anything especially if it’s your personal account. I’m guilty of simply clicking ‘I agree’ to every T&Cs online but I’m trying to make it a habit to at least read the more important parts. Like when sites share your information to advertisers etc.
- Google yourself: An effective way to see what actually turns up when you do. Look through the first two-three pages of your results, image results. Remember what’s out in the Internet will forever be in the Internet (unless if you have crazy IT skills). This will also be a good one to remember whenever you post something online. Will your future-self like that? Your loved ones? What about your future employer? We all have had our silly moments but we are still in-charge of our future.
Do you have any other tips?