11 things that are not always good to share on social networks
One of the first tips that are usually given to children when they start to connect to the Internet and use social networks is to be very careful with the things they share online, because you never know who can get that information. In fact, you may have seen one of those Facebook texts in which a teacher tries to make his students aware of the scope of his publications and asks everyone who reads the text to leave a comment with his city.
The fact is that we advise children very well, but when it comes to the truth, we screw ourselves up on many occasions skipping those same recommendations, and happily sharing personal data, location, confidential work, compromising photos and more. .. That’s why it’s worthwhile to give a review of those things that you should never share on social networks(although in the end, as always, everything is up to your choice).
1. That you go on vacation
This is the star tip of this time of year, which every year the National Police usually reminds us from their Twitter account. Avoid giving clues about vacation plans, especially the dates when your house is going to be empty. If you publish that information on social networks and you do not know who can read it, it could lead to inappropriate eyes, and you will find your house ransacked on vacation.
2. Your email address
Unless you are a spammer, you should never publish your email address on the Internet. For that you can use a temporary email address, or create a second alternative account that you can use for these things and that you do not mind that inevitably ends up filling unsolicited emails.
3. Your phone number
As with email, you should not publish your phone number on the Internet either: social networks, forums, or anything like that. If they ask you in a form, check that it is really necessary, that the web has the HTTPS protocol and that they confirm that they protect your personal data. To leave your number in any other place is to invite them to call you every afternoon at siesta time offering you a cheaper ADSL.
4. Your real address
This could be the most dangerous; If you would not give your real address to a stranger, why publish it on the Internet? This type of information should only be provided, like the previous one, on secure forms and in case it is totally necessary (for example, you are making an online purchase). Anything else is a risk to personal security and privacy.
5. Your location
This point is related to the previous one, and at the same time it can be a bit controversial. The reason? There are many apps that precisely invite you to share your location, from Swarm to Yelp, through Facebook itself or geolocated Instagram photos.
Personally, it is a fact that I do not like to share publicly, but I can understand someone’s reasons for doing so. Of course, you have to be aware that things like this can happen to you, unless, again, you check very well the privacy options of the app in question.
6. Photos of minors
The most normal thing when you have a child is to flood the social networks of your photos, but you should keep in mind two important points: one, the majority do not interest us as much as you or your relatives; and two, have you stopped to think if your son, when he has the use of reason, will be amused that from minute one of his life you have shared all of him in social networks?
In France, not long ago, the police had to warn parents about the danger of putting pictures of their children on Facebook, not only thinking about pedophiles, but also the possible social and psychological consequences for the child in the long term.
The thing is even more serious if it is about minors who are not under your tutelage (your children’s friends, for example). In that case, you should always ask permission from your parents.
7. Complaints of work
We know: social networks are the perfect escape valve when you have a bad day at work. The temptation to let off steam with a post on Facebook or a series of tweets is very big, but the truth is that you should avoid it by all means.
You can never be sure that the complaint does not end up coming to the boss or co-worker you criticize, and it can also affect your career in the future. Remember that all recruiters now check the profiles of social networks of candidates before deciding on one.
8. Personal conversations
Under this point could be included the conversations that you keep on apps like WhatsApp or Telegram, and also personal emails. Although strictly observing the Criminal Code , sharing a WhatsApp conversation in which you have participated is not a crime, there have been cases in the past in which people who have made these conversations public have been condemned.
In any case, whether or not it is a crime, publicly sharing information that someone has revealed to you with total confidence is morally reprehensible, and something that should never reach social networks.
9. Photos of your friends
It is very good that you share photos of the dinners, parties or bike outings that you organize with your friends, so that everyone can see them. But always make sure that they know you’re going to put them online , and that they do not mind going out on social networks. Although they are not minor, as in the case with children before, they also have their own image rights.
10. Private documents
At this point we should all be very careful. There are things that you are excited to publish, such as your first work contract or your first payroll, or a new personalized credit card with your photo. But in all those documents there is confidential information, so either the covers with your finger to make the photo, or you apply a blur effect.
Otherwise, it can happen to you as to Paula Vázquez, who published a document with her mobile number on Twitter, and had to change the number before the harassment of calls and messages. Another curious example of how careless it is people with these things is the Twitter account @NeedADebitCard, which collects photos of credit cards that many users post online.
11. Compromising photos
If before we said that it was not advisable to post photos of your friends without mentioning it before, it is even less if those photos are compromising : drunkenness, parties a little past, funny situations for you but embarrassing for the rest … It is not advisable to publish this type of content, or your friends, or yours. But if you insist on doing it, at least make sure that inappropriate people will not see it.