In the beginning of the Internet era not many expected that people will feel so comfortable online, moreover willing to share all their personal lives. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg commented that “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people.” Even if you think about yourself maybe you’ll notice that your personal data sharing habits have also been significantly changed. Maybe you now share online more information about yourself than years ago you did offline within your friends circle. Yes, Internet has drastically changed our habits and views.
But anyway, it doesn’t mean that we should become lax about what we share online. It’s good to remember that carelessness about what you share may jeopardize your future employability and also bring up reputation issues, legal problems and personal security concerns. Although you can’t control what others share online there are things you can do in one way or another to protect your privacy and security:
Here are certain things you should never do online
1. Don’t post your personal information such as home address, cell phone and etc..
This is one of the most important things you should never do online. Back years ago to steal someone’s identity you had to do a lot of research. But in our days you don’t need to make any efforts, all you need is just get on the internet and get all kinds of information. So to protect your identity you should be very sensitive about sharing your personal data online. Always consider your privacy.
2. Never post your current location and especially exact dates of your vacation.
Remember this kind of information would be useful for thieves. Suggestion: Post your vacation pictures after you return back.
3. Never post provocative and inappropriate photos of yourself, for example drunk pictures. And always avoid racist or anti-religious remarks.
As mentioned above what you share may jeopardize your future employability. According to the Survey done by Career Builder; 37% of companies use social networks to research potential candidates. Even your old tweets can be investigated and scrutinized and used against you.
4. Don’t share your innermost feelings online.
Of course, in times we all want to express. But Facebook and other networks are not really personal psychiatrists. Make a habit to think before you share something personal, because you may regret for it later. As a rule what you share about yourself it gives an idea who you are, it identifies your personality. It shows if you are an emotionally stable or trustworthy person. So don’t ruin your online reputation.
5. Never post sarcastic remarks or complaints about your past or current job.
Social Networks are useful tools to keep in touch with friends, promote business and etc, but we need to think also about a responsibility to use them appropriately and avoid doing things you should never do online.