There is an illusion of privacy and security in these online platforms, but the truth is that there are a number of precautions to be taken on social media that should be common knowledge.
In light of several controversies, we can highlight Facebook as one of the most vulnerable platforms – whose access to users’ personal information, by third parties, is apparently easier.
But Facebook is not the only social network that inspires care. Platforms such as Instagram, Twitter or even Snapchat are networks that can, in addition to accessing users’ personal data, make public certain private situations that are not, a prioria user concern.
Precautions to be taken on social media: 5 attitudes to avoid
We often use social networks to share where we are, who we are with, what we are going to eat… It is also common to share certain milestones in life, important situations and goals achieved. Communication is necessary and important, but it is too closely associated with public exposure. That’s why there are things you shouldn’t share on social media.
There are, therefore, precautions to be taken in social networks at this level and also in relation to the confidentiality of each user’s information. This is because, fortunately or unfortunately, we have a very strong tendency to constantly expose our life or events related to it.
For these reasons, and because users must be careful when using a certain social platform, we want to highlight 5 attitudes that you should avoid on social networks, in order to protect your privacy on them.
1. Post personal content
Yes, it is desirable. Yes, it is conducive. Yes, you should avoid it. This is perhaps one of the main mistakes made by users of these platforms. As with everything, weight and measure is necessary, that is, some rationality in your choices and in what you want to make public.
Don’t justify yourself with those privacy settings you set up two days ago. Not that your data is in danger, or that the content you share reaches people who are not your friends, but avoiding excessive publication of personal content is one of the precautions to be taken on social networks.
As much as it limits the audience of your publications, no one guarantees that friends of friends will not have access to this information one day. Social networks, like technology in general, evolve at a rapid pace, so there is little care and not all of us have good intentions.
Also, pay special attention if you manage both a personal and a professional account. If both are linked to the same device, you may be able to post photos of your friends and family on the business profile you manage – and vice versa. This is a situation that often happens on Instagram, more specifically in Stories.
2. Being controversial
Keep your opinion to yourself or to discuss it personally with your friends and/or family. Don’t want to unleash World War III on your social media. Opinions differ from person to person (especially the more controversial ones). Some people are more peaceful than others (there are even people you should avoid on social media), so you should play it safe.
This is one of the most important precautions to be taken on social networks so that you can protect your integrity and also ensure that you are not offended in a “public square”.
Whether it’s football, politics, or tomorrow’s weather, avoid blatantly airing your opinions. Many of these publications, which we believe to be innocent, are subject to trial and trigger endless discussions.
3. Share other people’s information
Imagine you run a business. You have a small business and advertise your services (or products) on their social networks. One day, a customer publishes, in their personal profile, their opinion about the service/product provided/purchased. If the feedback it’s even positive and if you thought about sharing that information immediately, take it easy. Think first…
You must first ask the person concerned for permission to share the content in question. You may be sharing more personal images or content that the customer does not want to be made public. This is another of the precautions to be taken on social networks and one of the most common mistakes made on these platforms.
4. Publish too much
Or overposting. Again, if you have a professional profile, think from the perspective of the user, client or potential client. He will surely not want to go through your feed personal and only view publications of your brand. Also, you should know that social media algorithms differ from platform to platform.
So if you make a lot of posts in a short amount of time on Facebook, don’t expect them to have wide reach. The more phased the sharing of content on this platform, the better it will be for your business. But if, on the other hand, you post at least twice a day on your Instagram, you will get good results.
5. Expose your personal data
Information such as your location, purchases you have made or any image that makes your banking information public are behaviors to avoid. All content shared on social media is easily shareable, never forget.