What happens when you share more information called oversharing on social media? Most of us today use social networks to share personal information, such as the name, location, contact information and photos, and professional information, such as the company name and work location. Have you ever thought about someone misusing this information and it’s consequences?
Example of oversharing on social media
Police were investigating a burglary. After detailed interrogation, the burglar confessed that he had been following the victim in social media. When the victim shared his travel plans, the burglary was planned as well and executed when the victim was travelling.
How to protect?
To safeguard from being a victim of oversharing in social media, adhere to the following guidelines:
- Privacy checkup: Periodically review the privacy checkup option in your profile.
- Contact information: Use the privacy setting in your social media website to ensure that contact information is not available in public.
- Friend requests from strangers: Do not accept friend requests from strangers. They may turn out to be burglars or people with malicious intent.
- Professional information: Do not expose your professional identity, such as your organization name, designation, and work location.
- Vacation details: Share your vacation details only after your vacation.
- Social and professional networks: Do not link your social media and professional network profiles so that identity theft possibilities are minimized.
- Avoid sharenting: Do not involve in sharenting so that your child remains safe and protected.