Be careful what You post in Social Media

It is social media time

It is social media time: Do you know what you are posting?

It is amazing how much detail about people’s private lives they post on social media. This is really bad news.

After all, a burglar or rapist perusing a woman’s Facebook page could quickly learn when she’s home by herself and that she’s in no condition to defend herself due to a recent hernia operation and her fear of having a gun in the house.

She blabbed all of this private information.

People do this all the time on Facebook and Twitter. Do people really need to know that you are home alone at 2 a.m. and can’t fall asleep?

Who in their right mind would post their home address on Facebook?  What sane person would post where their children and parents live? Well, that’s what the wife of Sir John Sawers did. He’s the former head of MI6, the British version of the CIA. His wife may as well handed out cards with this information to every stranger she passed on the street.

It is just as risky for a common “nobody” to post such personal information as it is for a high profile figure. Any bum out there could get ahold of your children and do unspeakable things to them. You may think, “Well, I’m not paranoid; the odds are so small.”

However, it takes more energy and time to post personal details about yourself and family than it does to avoid doing this.

So why not just avoid it?

Besides, though a child abduction would be unlikely (though not impossible), it is way more possible for a hacker to use your personal information to crack into your various online accounts. If you are compelled to document all the details of your daily routine on Facebook, you need a new hobby.

  • Next time you are in a posting mood, first ask yourself how a hacker might use this information. Or someone else, for that matter. Did you just post you are thrilled with your new home gym? Great! The defendant you are suing for causing you ongoing back pain from hitting your car just found out and will inform his attorney.
  • Names of your kids, pets and cousins could be used against you. (Don’t burn brain cells trying to figure out how; just trust me on this; hackers are good).
  • Think twice before posting pictures and absurd selfies. Future potential employers could be looking at these.
  • Don’t post about trips away from home—even a night out on the town—until you return. Burglars read Facebook to find out who’s not home.
  • To prevent cybersquatting and Twitter squatting, register your full name, your kids’ and spouse’s, plus company name, branded products, etc., on all social media sites, blogs and domains. If your name is taken, even with its middle initial, add a hyphen or period somewhere.
  • Get a Google Profile; it will show up on page one and it is free. This will counter any negative content about you elsewhere.
  • Knowem.com will register your name on the leading 150 social media sites.
  • Google Alerts is also free and will notify you whenever your name pops up online, but you’ll get flooded if you have a common name.

    To make yourself look even better, create a blog. This way when people Google your name, your blog will appear at the top or near it. Keep on blogging away to bury any negative content about you many pages deep. This will help build and protect a positive online reputation for yourself.