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If you pay attention to the news, chances are you’ve heard a lot of debate about social media and privacy. Every now and then, a horror story pops up about someone getting fired because of inappropriate activity on social media. Politicians are constantly arguing about malicious entities who take advantage of endless information available on social media. Social media companies themselves have been compelled to review their business practices in order to protect every day users from destructive manipulation by hackers and bots. There’s a tornado of commotion going on about social media, and it would be unwise to ignore it.

Things Aren’t the Same Anymore:

There was once a time when being on social media was a casual experience. It was a simple way to pass time and keep in touch with people in a convenient way. However, considering how popular social media has become since its inception, it’s safe to say that linking up with your friends online isn’t so casual anymore. The total number of people who regularly use social media has been on an exponential rise in the past few years. Not only have users increased, the reasons why people engage on social media continue to evolve as well. Social media has basically gone from being a leisurely platform, to being a space where people transact in formal and significant ways.

All of this means that you have to be careful about the way you participate in social media. If you don’t already, it’s time to start living under the assumption that everything you do on social media has consequences – because it does. Sharing too much without censoring yourself is no longer a luxury that social media users can enjoy. The more careless you are about your activity online, the more exposed you are to having your privacy breached in an undesirable way. Here are five things to do in order to protect yourself on social media:

1.      Be Apolitical: The majority of people who find themselves in hot water because of social media end up in trouble as a result of politics. The internet is not a diary. If you have something controversial to say, do it in private.

2.      Beef up Your Privacy Settings: Regardless of which platform you’re using, never allow yourself to post or browse using the default privacy settings. Take the time to explore your settings and make sure that your activity is as discreet as you want it to be.

3.      Avoid TMI: Even though social media is intended to help people connect and share, sharing too much can make you vulnerable. Keep your pages, descriptions and explanations vague. A stranger shouldn’t be able to figure out everything about you just by glancing at your profiles.

4.      Disable Tracking Features: Tagging your posts is a fun way to brag, but it also creates a real-time map of your whereabouts. Criminals or bad elements can easily take advantage of your absence if they have a way to guarantee where you are through tagging features.

5.      Delete Inactive Accounts: If you haven’t logged into a social media platform in a while, evaluate whether you have anything to lose from deleting it altogether. Allowing unmonitored pockets of information about yourself to exist on the internet can set you up for unexpected problems.

Social media isn’t all fun and games anymore. Lives have been ruined because of the misconception that maintaining an online presence has little to do with life offline. It’s quite the contrary. Life online is actually beginning to have profound effects on life offline. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.