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What to watch out for on social media – When do they become dangerous? (PART 1)

Social media is now one of the main ways of socializing and entertainment, but there are many dangers lurking from its use. Today we will mention three tips for the proper use of social media and in the second part of the article to be published towards the end of the month some more useful tips.

The way you use social media and the information you post, especially if your profiles are “open” – that is, accessible to all users – can put you, your family, your home and even your business at risk.

Below you will read the actions you should avoid on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media accounts. 

Don’t post photos of your children on social media

Starting with the basics, even an innocent photo of your child on social media can end up in the wrong hands. So, try to avoid naked baby pictures, as not all people have the same good intentions. Of course, don’t forget that you should never share the location where your child is.

Also, the debate around “sharenting” and the need for parents to have their children’s consent to publish their photos on social media has been very intense lately. In any case, it is advisable to avoid posting photos of your child that may embarrass them in the future.

Don’t share your presence when you go on holiday

You’re sitting on your favorite beach after a long ferry trip, and you can’t wait to post a sunset photo to accompany your check in! That’s all well and good, however you’d better avoid this action.

Having everyone know where you are is not always a good thing… The main reason to avoid sharing your presence on social media, especially when you are on holiday, is that you are “giving away” that your home is exposed. Criminals are lurking and, in this day, and age, they are constantly looking for such information on social media.

 

Do not share your marital status

It may seem completely innocent to let your online friends know that you are “single”, “complicated” or “in a relationship”.

But there are also people who do not think as “innocently” as you do. They may want to approach you with a bad intention, taking advantage of your own vulnerable situation. It is therefore advisable to avoid sharing on social media what your emotional status is.

* This article was written by Dimitris Kontarakis, Digital Strategist and owner of eSteps and was published in the online edition of the newspaper Eleutheros Typos on Monday 15/05/2023

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