5 Things You Should Never Share on Social Media

In today's digital age, where social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and X (formerly Twitter) dominate our online interactions, it's crucial to be mindful of the information we share to protect our privacy and security

by Sededin Dedovic
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5 Things You Should Never Share on Social Media
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On various social media platforms and applications, such as Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter), and many others, most people today are active participants. Whether they are engaged in heated debates on X or aiming to strengthen their profiles on LinkedIn using AI tools, users must be aware that they will inevitably share some information, willingly or not, that can compromise their security and endanger themselves or their families.

Accordingly, read on to find out the five things you should never share on social media to avoid these risks. We must not forget that everything we write, comment on, or share, whether it’s a photo or video, remains on the internet forever.

When we overshare about ourselves on social media, we essentially "paint a target on our backs," making ourselves more vulnerable to various risks such as identity theft, fraud, personal attacks, and more. Here are some suggestions compiled by the portal SlashGear on what not to share on social media:

1.

Personal Information

Your privacy is crucial, so avoid sharing sensitive information such as your birth date, home address, or details about your personal life that potential fraudsters could exploit. Not all your online friends are "true friends" you can rely on and trust.

Scammers are always looking for information on social media that can help them do things like break into accounts or apply for credit cards in your name. Additionally, avoid posts related to cities you’ve lived in, schools you’ve attended, your age, or your address.

Fraudsters can also use this information for phishing messages, tricking you into revealing even more personal information, which they then use for various cyberattacks.

2. Travel Plans

Most social media users are excited about traveling and want to share this with friends.

It's definitely a big mistake to do so, as it leaves your home vulnerable to break-ins. Sharing such information indicates to criminals that you are away, making your home a good target for burglary. Also, while traveling, do not share data from your restaurant bills as they contain barcodes and QR codes that can easily reveal your current location.

Avoid sharing photos that reveal your location (no matter how bad this sounds), at least not while you are still there. If you must share travel photos, do not tag the location until after you have left. The safest option is to share photos once you return from your trip.

In this photo illustration, the logos of social media applications Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Messenger, Hyperlapse and Tele© Chris McGrath / Getty Images

3. Photos and Information About Children

When posting photos and information about children on networks like Facebook or Instagram, it's important to remember that you cannot control what happens next with those photos and what others do with the shared information.

Beyond getting a lot of likes, the risk can be much greater when it comes to children. Even after changing your Facebook settings, it’s a good idea to limit what you post. Remember, you can't control where and for what purposes your child's photo will end up.

Access to your post could reveal things to various predators like your child's name, birth date, or location, putting them in different kinds of danger.

4. Content That Can Compromise Your Safety

Do not share details about your whereabouts or what you own.

Again, as an unavoidable fact, people love to boast on social media about where they are, what they do, and what they've bought. If you think that your contacts and friends already know where you live and work, so it's harmless to post about it, you might be wrong.

This opens up the possibility for "bad guys" to track your movements and interests and later misuse this information. Do not share information about your valuables on social media, such as a new car or something similar, as this is definitely a very bad idea.

Sharing such information can make you a target for theft. The same goes for all other valuables, including jewelry, electronics, artwork, and so on.

5. Fake News or Scams

Be careful when sharing information and verify facts before sharing any news or participating in online activities that could be scams.

It is almost impossible to avoid fake news and scams on social media, and in an age where AI tools are available to everyone, fraudsters have perfected their art to the point where it is often very difficult to distinguish real from fake.

The problem is that social media algorithms often pick up these lies and scams and spread them further. Be skeptical of sensational and dramatic news, and wait for confirmation of their truth before sharing them on social media. Also, be cautious about rewards and various other giveaways, as they are often just another cyber scam.

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